On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 5:08 PM, Vincent M. [email protected] wrote:
A: What do I do?
B: Well, go to www.ruby-lang.org, and they have all the information you need.
Been there, done that, had to recommend books to go with my
When I used to do software engineering training for a company I used to work
for, one of the
more popular courses I ran was called `Programming for Non-Programmers’, aimed
people exactly that framework. A lot of beginners get stuck there, and can’t
forward without a bit of help.
Considering you have educational expertise, how would you go about this?
I don’t think that a link to Chris P.'s Learn to Program
http://pine.fm/LearnToProgram/ is sufficient.
Considering the target audience (non-programmers with slight, if any,
technical background running Windows of some sort), there’s a a lot of
stuff that needs to be included:
- Ruby (obviously)
- text editor (simple enough to be easily learned, malleable enough
that it could be customized for a Beginner’s Ruby package)
- guide to programming*
- guide to Ruby*
The problem I’ve run into is that I can’t write a programming guide
worth a damn. Mostly, because I have no idea where to begin to be
thorough enough that a newby can do simple stuff, and yet is able to
find out what else to learn going forward. And I don’t want to rip off
Chris P.'s excellent work.
- _why’s Poignant Guide doesn’t cut it. It’s far too eccentric for
most people (not to mention that it is outdated). Neither does
Programming Ruby, since it’s a guide by programmers for programmers,
and the free version that was donated to the community is outdated as
well (by 2 generations now!).
Though the folk I have met,
(Ah, how soon!) they forget
When I’ve moved on to some other place,
There may be one or two,
When I’ve played and passed through,
Who’ll remember my song or my face.