Newbie: Web app development

Hi!
I am completely new to this whole affair (programming in general) and
was wondering whether Ruby (or Rails) is good to develop a web
application which interfaces with APIs?
Sorry if its a silly question but I am completely new to this!
Thanks!

On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 4:16 PM, Carlos A. [email protected] wrote:

Hi!
I am completely new to this whole affair (programming in general) and
was wondering whether Ruby (or Rails) is good to develop a web
application which interfaces with APIs?
Sorry if its a silly question but I am completely new to this!

Ruby is a programming language: you can program anything with it.
Rails is a web framework written in Ruby: you develop web applications
on top of it, in Ruby

There are also other web frameworks that are very nice, like Sinatra,
which could be great to start learning to program web applications.

Jesus.

On 1/10/13 9:26 AM, Jes

Subject: Newbie: Web app development
Date: Fri 11 Jan 13 12:16:42AM +0900

Quoting Carlos A. ([email protected]):

I am completely new to this whole affair (programming in general) and
was wondering whether Ruby (or Rails) is good to develop a web
application which interfaces with APIs?

Abut this latest part (about the APIs), it really depends on the
API. If there exists already a wrapper, or a native Ruby lib (and
there are many) that speaks the language of your API, then you could
be home almost free. If the API is only available in another language,
things may be more difficult. Specifically, if the API exists only in
C, there are very good ways to interface Ruby and C, but you will
probably have to become reasonably proficient in both languages.

Carlo

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