Hello folks! I'm new here as you would soon see from my post. I started reading http://pine.fm/LearnToProgram/ and am somewhat "getting it"... I do find some difficulties understanding the flow of things, but I do get the logic. I guess it all comes with determination and practice. Well, enough talk. I have a question for you guys - should I continue reading Pine's guide on Ruby or start reading something on Ruby on Rails? I don't quite get what the real difference is between them, but from what I did manage to get is that ROR is a "gateway" type of scripting that should allow for an easier and more simple implementation and use of the Ruby language - is that so? For me personally it'll be much easier to learn if after I read the basic stuff (eg. a manual and get an approximate idea of how things work) to get my hands on some practical scripts and start messing around with them to see what actually happens - I'm more of the "visual" learner and I really need to actually "see" things in order to understand them. Thank you all in advance for your responses!
on 2009-02-02 10:10
on 2009-02-02 11:43
On Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 11:10 AM, John Dean <email@example.com > wrote: > Rails? I don't quite get what the real difference is between them, but > > Thank you all in advance for your responses! > -- > Posted via http://www.ruby-forum.com/. > > > > Ruby is a scripting language. Ruby on Rails is a web framework that uses Ruby as it's underlying scripting language. You need to know Ruby to work with Ruby on Rails. Learn Ruby as a language and then, if you're interested in creating websites with Ruby, look at Ruby on Rails. -- Andrew Timberlake http://ramblingsonrails.com http://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewtimberlake "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education" - Mark Twain
on 2009-02-02 11:53
The best way to learn is to have a real problem you want solved. Then try, fail and ask questions when you're stuck. Sent from my iPhone On 02/02/2009, at 8:10 PM, John Dean <rails-mailing-list@andreas-
on 2009-02-02 12:55
Julian Leviston wrote: > The best way to learn is to have a real problem you want solved. Then > try, fail and ask questions when you're stuck. > > Sent from my iPhone > > On 02/02/2009, at 8:10 PM, John Dean <rails-mailing-list@andreas- OK I do have a real project in mind. It's pretty simple for an experienced programmer as it's a pretty straightforward thing. I need a web site template that will have variables on it like [var1] [var2] etc. And I want these variables to be replaced with text from a DB. You'll call the script with some parameter in the URL like domain.com/script.rb?page=1 and it will know that it will replace the vars with the according ones for the DB record #1. Nothing really hard just a dynamic template page... So where do I go from here?
on 2009-02-02 20:12
John, I am not sure exactly what you're asking but if you are trying to 'personalize' many separate websites based on the calling domain ( something.com ) then I might be able to help. I created a synthetic example of this at WebRancher.com where one code based reads the 'request.host' object and based on the domain name serves the appicable data to the application framework. David
on 2009-02-02 20:24
RailsExpert.com wrote: > John, > I am not sure exactly what you're asking but if you are trying to > 'personalize' many separate websites based on the calling domain > ( something.com ) then I might be able to help. > I created a synthetic example of this at WebRancher.com where one code > based reads the 'request.host' object and based on the domain name > serves the appicable data to the application framework. > David Here's thing... First I have a DB that goes something like this: ID BRAND EST_YEAR HISTORY CURRENT_MODELS etc etc 1 BMW 1900 blah,blah,blah 1series,3series,5series 2 MercedesBenz 1901 blah,blah,blah c-klasse,e-klasse,s-klasse 3 Audi 1902 blah,blah,blah a3,a4,a5,a6,a8 Then someone goes to this script here on my domain: http://www.MyDomain.com/car-data.rb?carBrand=BMW http://www.MyDomain.com/car-data.rb?carBrand=MercedesBenz http://www.MyDomain.com/car-data.rb?carBrand=Audi Now, instead of creating a separate page for each car-brand - which is both a tedious task and can't really be updated, etc. once I change the design of the site for example, or whatever, so instead of having static HTML pages for each brand I want to create one template page and then have a script, based on the 'carBrand' variable in the link replace particular fields in that template with the data from the DB. So for example the template page would look like: Car Brand: $brand Established in: $est_year History information, facts, data, years, etc.: $history The manufacturer currently has the following models in production: $current_models And so on... And once someone comes with http://www.MyDomain.com/car-data.rb?carBrand=BMW It will replace the variables with: Car Brand: BMW Established in: 1900 History information, facts, data, years, etc.: blah,blah,blah The manufacturer currently has the following models in production: 1series,3series,5series So that's pretty much my whole idea right now. I'm sure it's a pretty basic programming task for someone who knows their way around programming, but for me it's still in the dark as I don't have any reference point to start from and build on. So again - all and any suggestions and tips are greatly appreciated! Thanks again guys!
on 2009-02-03 21:50
on 2009-02-03 22:32
John, if you want to learn Ruby and Ruby on Rails, you probably need to start by buying a book first that explains all the basics of the language. A lot of people start with this one for Rails: http://www.pragprog.com/titles/rails3/agile-web-de... which if I remember correctly takes you step by step in building an online store.
on 2009-02-04 17:02
As a relative newbie myself I would second this recommendation. Just make sure you get version 3 - Ruby on Rails changed a lot between 1.xx and 2.00. An older book that I still find useful is http://www.amazon.com/Ruby-Rails-Techniques-Develo... which focuses more on Ruby but from a Rails perspective.
on 2009-02-04 18:55
Thanks guys - just got the http://www.pragprog.com/titles/rails3/agile-web-de... one v3. Will read!
on 2009-02-05 04:02
Enjoy it is a good point, and a good launchpad into more reading and more testing. On Feb 4, 11:55 am, John Dean <rails-mailing-l...@andreas-s.net>