Newbie Question


#1

All,

I was URL’d to this place after asking a XML question.
Is this the right place for New to Ruby ?
What does a basic Ruby Application look like ?

The only hands on expirience with making a GUI was a trial phase with
REALbasic
to get a grip on what programming is all about. They sent me here.

I need to have a Application that obtains data from a XML web page and
log that data to a txt log file everytime the web page auto updates
itself.

The purpose is to log sporting event results in real time.
It would be a utility type Application to compliment other tasks and
calculations done in Excel.

Please paste URL/s to the next place if this is not the right place for
brand newbies to Ruby.

Cheers

Thanks

falcon


#2

I was URL’d to this place after asking a XML question.
Is this the right place for New to Ruby ?
What does a basic Ruby Application look like ?

The only hands on expirience with making a GUI was a trial phase with
REALbasic to get a grip on what programming is all about. They sent me here.

I’m afraid that if you’re new to programming, there isn’t really any
place where you can ask “how do I write an application?” and expect an
answer.

A number of good resources exist for learning Ruby. Premier among them
is the book “Programming Ruby”, and older edition of which is
available online under a free license here:
http://www.rubycentral.com/book/

The home of Ruby’s documentation lives at: http://www.ruby-doc.org/
which is a great place to start as well. There’s also “Why’s
(Poignant) Guide to Ruby” http://poignantguide.net/ruby/ if you’re
not into the typical programming texts…

I need to have a Application that obtains data from a XML web page and
log that data to a txt log file everytime the web page auto updates
itself.

I’m not sure why you need a GUI application for that. Ruby provides
standard libs for everything you need to handle the described task,
the standard lib is documented at ruby-doc.org.

I’m afraid you’ll have to ask more specific questions to get better
answers.

Hope this helps get you started,
-Tim


#3

On May 30, 2006, at 12:34 PM, Tim B. wrote:

answer.

A number of good resources exist for learning Ruby. Premier among them
is the book “Programming Ruby”, and older edition of which is
available online under a free license here:
http://www.rubycentral.com/book/

The home of Ruby’s documentation lives at: http://www.ruby-doc.org/
which is a great place to start as well. There’s also “Why’s
(Poignant) Guide to Ruby” http://poignantguide.net/ruby/ if you’re
not into the typical programming texts…

Don’t forget “Learn to Program” http://www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/
titles/fr_ltp/
I haven’t read it myself, but it gets a lot of press as a great
beginner book. And it teaches you in ruby, so you’ll be ready to go
once you get a handle on the basics.


#4

Mat S. wrote:

On May 30, 2006, at 12:34 PM, Tim B. wrote:

answer.

A number of good resources exist for learning Ruby. Premier among them
is the book “Programming Ruby”, and older edition of which is
available online under a free license here:
http://www.rubycentral.com/book/

The home of Ruby’s documentation lives at: http://www.ruby-doc.org/
which is a great place to start as well. There’s also “Why’s
(Poignant) Guide to Ruby” http://poignantguide.net/ruby/ if you’re
not into the typical programming texts…

Don’t forget “Learn to Program” http://www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/
titles/fr_ltp/
I haven’t read it myself, but it gets a lot of press as a great
beginner book. And it teaches you in ruby, so you’ll be ready to go
once you get a handle on the basics.

Thanks everyone, this helped much to check out these URL’s.
Will look into it.


#5

On 5/30/06, Askme A. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

All,

I was URL’d to this place after asking a XML question.
Is this the right place for New to Ruby ?
What does a basic Ruby Application look like ?

Hi. Welcome. :slight_smile:

This list is most often used for folks asking specific questions after
they’ve already tried a few things and done some research.

If you’re brand new to Ruby, you might have a look at some of the
content here: http://www.ruby-doc.org/ .

Also, at the RubyGarden (http://www.rubygarden.org/) there’s the faq:
http://www.rubygarden.org/faq/dispatch.cgi?controller=main&action=index
and the wiki: http://wiki.rubygarden.org/Ruby .

The faq for this mailing list is http://rubyhacker.com/clrFAQ.html .

You can try out running some Ruby code online (in your browser) here:
http://tryruby.hobix.com/ .

After learning the basics, you’ll then probably start your application
(the one you describe below) by looking in the standard library to see
what’s in there that can help you:

  • obtain a page from a web site,
  • parse the XML in it.

If what you need isn’t in the standard library, you can usually find
what you need at RubyForge. There’s also a site called the RAA (Ruby
Application Archive – http://raa.ruby-lang.org/ ) that lists a lot of
available Ruby modules (which may not be listed at RubyForge I
presume).

Enjoy. :slight_smile:

—John