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    Once I was a Factory Worker goofy's Avatar
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    Learning Ruby

    With all the buzz of Ruby on Rails I'm interested in learning more. I know a little PHP and MySQL but far from guru so I'm wondering how much of a learning curve it is to learn Ruby on Rails and is it worth the effort?
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    It's worth it if you plan to make database backed web sites.

    The learning curve isn't steep if you already know how to program.

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    It would also help if you learn Ruby to really understand what happens in a Ruby on Rails application.
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    I haven't ever looked at Ruby or Ruby on Rails but I'm pretty interested in looking into it further. I'm looking at getting the book Agile Web Development with Rails.
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    That is a good book, but I also suggest Programming Ruby. It will definately help you learn the language before digging into Rails. I read a bit of Programming Ruby, and then had it next to me for reference when I started looking at Agile Wev Dev with Rails.
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    I had a look at this site where you can do a few basic tutorials on Ruby. http://tryruby.hobix.com/ Nice site too, all the learning is dynamic and in the browser. Pretty cool. Ruby kind of seems a bit like actionscripting in flash.
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    Hey,

    I recently started to learn Ruby, but use Ruby on Rails. I suggest you use that, it's great.

    Download it : http://www.rubyonrails.org/

    and then learn : http://www.rubyonrails.org/docs

    That website alone will get you running on ruby. Don't worry about backend MySQL connection with ruby, as it is REALLY easy.

    Enjoy!


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