I am having a blast with ruby and the more I convert my Perl code to
and then RE FACTOR… well its just so much better to read that I am
I keep running into situations where I have some cpan module that i am
in a perl script and before redesigning the wheel i do some google
for ruby equivalents.
I usually find one but its in some require statement in a script from
mailing. More searching and I eventually find it. But then I can not
any decent documentation on it(not that their isn’t some just that I
can’t seem to get my head around how all the tools work. to find it)
For example. I need to be able to write excel spreadsheets on *nix
Find out that hey they have a port of spreadsheet::writeexcel. FANTASTIC
now want. The documentation from RAA website is just a quick 4 line
synopsis. IS that it? Is the idea then to just do the mental guesses on
it was ported and should work based on the perldocs for the original
What is the perldoc command for ruby?
I try rdoc for the command line and every time it finds nothing. I put
same command in ri and again nothing.
Another example I need to do some recursive file searches. So I do a
search ruby file find.
Second link is a link to a message from this list
through the script AHH require find must be the key.
File not found: find
gives a bunch of modules but no documentation and nothing that looks
the module i am trying to use.
I am not even sure if its part of the standard distribution.
There seems to be tons of libraries out there which is how it should be
a language so build on OO ideas and code reuse. But it just seems
disorganized and in a pinch at work i keep having to switch back to perl
burn through a quick script.
Is it just my my ignorance or is there some cult of the hidden ruby
I have asked about rdoc and ri on this list and I am not just trying to
the same info back because I am slow and un-observant but it just
like that has got to be an easier way to get to some of this stuff. How
a language that just SCREAMS code reuse be so fractured. So I post again
hopefully not angering anyone.
Not trying to keep pointing to perl but its my only point of reference.