New to ruby

Hi,

I would like to learn ROR. Do I have to start with Ruby first and then
go into ROR? I am not a programmer. But, I have some knowledge of C++
but not a whole lot. Thanks.

-christiano

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Shawn Tate wrote:

Hi,

I would like to learn ROR. Do I have to start with Ruby first and then
go into ROR? I am not a programmer. But, I have some knowledge of C++
but not a whole lot. Thanks.

-christiano

Start with Chris P.'s “Learn to Program”, then move on to David A.
Black’s “Ruby for Rails”. It’s possible to learn Rails first without
being a programmer, but it’s not really a good idea.
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Shawn Tate wrote:

I would like to learn ROR. Do I have to start with Ruby first and then
go into ROR? I am not a programmer. But, I have some knowledge of C++
but not a whole lot. Thanks.

Yes, Ruby is a language and Rails is a platform; learning a little Ruby
first will go a long way towards understanding Rails.

This is what books like /Ruby for Rails/ by David Black are for. You can
also try Ruby’s online interactive demo, at:

http://tryruby.hobix.com/

Even better if you have any experience with other programming languages,
because you will be overjoyed to learn how Ruby flattens the hardest
problems, that other languages get stuck on. But if you don’t that’s
okay.

You will then see how Rails leverages each of Ruby’s many strengths in
(usually!) just the right way to defeat the nastiest problems in web
architecture. Rails helps keep the web’s nuts and bolts out of your way,
so
you can focus only on your actual web problem.

Also, as soon as possible, learn Rails’s unit test system, because it is
beyond exemplary. Unit tests for web applications are super-hard, and
Rails
makes them easier than most other unit test situations.

Ed and Philip -> thanks for your recommendations.

Chris P.'s online tutorial seems to give a very simplistic approach to
ruby. I have also come across a few threads on this forum on the same
topic (ruby for newbies). There are plenty of resources out there for
people like me to learn ruby. Thanks everybody on this forum for your
inputs.

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