1. What Is Ruby on Rail and what's the difference between the two?
Ruby is a scripting language, like Perl or PHP. Rails is a framework for web development that's built on top of the Ruby language.
Originally Posted by Spawny05
2. What is Ruby generally used for? Like what can it do on a webpage.
Ruby is generally used for system administration tasks and anything else that scripting languages are usually good for, including generating web pages. It can't "do" anything on a web page in the same way that PHP doesn't "do" anything; it just helps generate the page.
If you haven't already, be sure to watch Creating a weblog in 15 minuteshere. Even though it only shows the most basic stuff, it should give you a feel of what's it all about...
If you like that, I also recommend trying out Four Days on Rails. I don't know how up to date it is with rails 1.0 (should be no big deal tho). It's what I did after watching some videos and it was a pretty good introduction for me.
Last edited by lirux; Jan 10, 2006 at 19:06.
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