I come from a PHP background. I have been using frameworks )(Zend, cakephp) since years.
I am planning to learn Ruby. I want to make a small project in it but was wondering if its possible to make the project without using a command line. Every tutorial I read on the internet explains how to run your ruby code using command line. In Zend or cakephp, we have the option to either use the command line or download the framework library from their respective website and start using your favourite IDE and start coding.
1) Is this also possible in Ruby?
2) Can I download the framework library and start coding using Netbeans etc?
3) Is there any (step-by-step) tutorial available for the same?
You can skip the installation of mysql if you already have it installed via XAMPP... I believe it's installed in the same way that a stand-alone mysql
You might have some trouble with Apache though, since I think it is installed to a non-standard sub directory. You can get it to work, of course, if you don't mind a little pain dealing with PATH variables and config files.
Honestly though, your best bet is to do a clean install without XAMP. You can easily setup. Not sure what hosting you have, but Slicehost has some amazing articles(http://articles.slicehost.com/rails) for setup on Ubuntu.