Ruby, rexml, xml, xslt...?

Hello,
Any suggestions as to practical ways ahead for this situation:

  1. I have little programming experience
    2.a. I have begun teaching and have information that structures itself
    around the lesson plans for a term (semester)
    2.b. This information needs to get presented with a different focus on
    it for different parts of the job (individual tutorials, college
    documentation, the lesson itself, scheme of work for the term…etc.)
  2. I have about two months during which I can put in some time into
    this thing, after that my workload will (hopefully) go up and time
    available for computer stuff be severely reduced.

To save time for myself, it seems like I should be able to create
structures to save the information to, create nice ways of getting the
information into these structures, and then manipulate the ways that
the information gets displayed according to the need. Sometimes I need
hard copy, other times not.

Somebody said ‘Ruby’s a nice language to learn’, so I looked into it a
bit and in my own fashion can do basic things. But I’ve read bits about
XML and it sounds like what I want to do fits with what XML is designed
for. Except that it’s not just XML but XSLT and perhaps even X-path and
other stuff too that needs to get learnt.

So, here’s the question:
Should I press on with learning Ruby to create a solution or does the
XML route fit the bill better?

Thoughts and insights please

Cheers

Christo wrote:

this thing, after that my workload will (hopefully) go up and time
XML and it sounds like what I want to do fits with what XML is designed

Well, Ruby’s a programming language and XML is a general markup
language, two very different things. You can store your information in a
file, marked up with XML and then use Ruby to get information into and
out of the file, if that’s what you want to do.

But to be honest it sounds to me like what you want is a database, and
not a very fancy database, either. Something like Kirbybase, which is a
very simple and EZ-to-use Ruby library. Then you write Ruby programs to
add information to the database and get information out of the database
and convert it to some kind of display format. Maybe just typing it to
the terminal, maybe making web pages that display your information.
Depends on how much work you want to put into it.

Timothy H. schrieb:

But to be honest it sounds to me like what you want is a database, and
not a very fancy database, either. Something like Kirbybase, which is a
very simple and EZ-to-use Ruby library. Then you write Ruby programs to
add information to the database and get information out of the database
and convert it to some kind of display format. Maybe just typing it to
the terminal, maybe making web pages that display your information.
Depends on how much work you want to put into it.

Thanks Timothy, this all sounds about the level I’m looking to work at
for the moment,

Christo wrote:

Thanks Timothy, this all sounds about the level I’m looking to work at
for the moment,

Should’ve included this in my previous reply:
http://www.netpromi.com/kirbybase_ruby.html

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