Monday, April 28, 2008

Ruby, don't take your love to town.

I'm on the road to learning the ruby language. I've been reading several different resources on the basics, and I'm starting to get a grasp on how the syntax is working. There are a lot of things that make this a bit difficult for me to learn, but I like the way it looks. Once I have a good grasp on it, I think I'll really like it a lot, I just have to keep looking for places where Ruby is the answer, instead of making Ruby the answer even when it's not.

I've been readying Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby, which could be called Why's acid trip to understanding ruby. It's the best metaphors and explanations about the syntax that I've found, but it's also got crazy bizarre things in there that I think, what was he smoking?

I've also started looking at Programming Ruby, which is known as the pickaxe book. I've been looking at this one, because it's installed with the one-click installer for Ruby, so it's already on my computer, but you can also read it online.

There's also a neat interactive ruby tutorial that makes you type the code and read about why at the same time, there is some of the same bizarre things in this as the Poignant guide above because it is also written by Why the Lucky stiff.

So far I'm just learning to do the basics, and I haven't created anything new or solved any fun problems, but I'm enjoying learning the new language.

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