New To Ruby ~ Need Advice

Hi Community. I am new to Ruby. I am interested in doing some
programming as a ‘hobby activity’. I did some ‘C’, ‘C++’, ‘VB’ &
‘Assembler’ in college & enjoyed it. I found making small programmes
stimulating. All the programmes we made ran on local computers some
with database connectivity, we did not look at programming for the web
at all. I am very interested in web aplications & software as a
service.
I have played with the idea of looking closely at Java but then
happened across Ruby on Rails. I have looked at some Ruby On Rails web
applications & think they are neat. I’ve also had a look at
Silverstripe & think they use ruby on rails & again, I like the look &
feel of the websites that are created using Silverstripe. So, my
question is, should I look closely at Ruby On Rails for programming as
a hobby activity? Will the skills I learn be useful to me in? I’ve
played with website design & web business ideas for a few years, never
really investing much money, just toying with some ideas. I enjoy
setting up websites & then watching where the traffic is coming from
etc. I am excited by Web 2.0 and the growth of social networking. I
see how useful Web 2.0 could be in developing business applications.
Most of the business software I have used in the last 10 years or so
was hopeless & barely worth the price paid & the cost of support. Ruby
Apps seem sweet & friendly by comparisson. Friendly Advice & Guidance
would be much appreciated. Thanks, Steve, Hamilton New Zealand.

On 11 May 2008, at 01:19, Young Ben wrote:

applications & think they are neat. I’ve also had a look at
Rails is a fun place to be, particularly as you spend a lot less time
writing verbose boilerplate stuff. I would encourage you to get a
solid grounding in ruby first though, rather than trying to grasp both
ruby and rails at the same time. It will make a lot off stuff less
suprising and easier to understand (ruby is a fun language in its own
right).

Fred

The answer is yes, you should invest in using ruby on rails as a
hobby, and it would be useful for you.

Julian.

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Frederick C. wrote:

On 11 May 2008, at 01:19, Young Ben wrote:

applications & think they are neat. I’ve also had a look at
Rails is a fun place to be, particularly as you spend a lot less time
writing verbose boilerplate stuff. I would encourage you to get a
solid grounding in ruby first though, rather than trying to grasp both
ruby and rails at the same time. It will make a lot off stuff less
suprising and easier to understand (ruby is a fun language in its own
right).

Fred

I always suggest to read Why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby…
got me interested,
wacky ideas,
acted out in ruby.

http://poignantguide.net/ruby/

Thanks Matthew, Fred & Julian. I think I will start learning Ruby &
see where it takes me. Hope to talk again soon. Steve.

On May 12, 11:48 am, Matthew R. Jacobs <rails-mailing-l…@andreas-

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