I have been following the Ruby on Rails community for a while but haven’t really committed time to invest hard hours on learning Ruby on Rails. I was in the hype! Yeah… but not really coding until now.
Ofcourse meaning to jump into learning Ruby on Rails isn’t enough. Being recently unemployed became a blessing in disguise – it gave me the opportunity to get started on it. A goal has been set. This would be my first time to invest in learning rails. To achieve this, I set out to build this blog. There are a lot of resources out there that allows a newbie like me to get started, here are my personal favorites:
I believe one must be comfortable with coding basic Ruby to start on Rails. It’s a good thing I’m not entirely new to Ruby. I have been using Ruby in my previous employment ranging with the following Ruby gems – WATIR, Selenium, Capistrano and SOAP4r. But there are still so much to learn and love in Ruby.
The first question that popped in my head – should I jump right in rails 1.x or 2.x? Well, I went ahead with rails 2.1 although learning 1.x would be advantageous when maintaining old code, I figured every RoR developer’s goal would be to migrate from 1.x to 2.x, simply because it is better.
The second question. What IDE should I use? Coming from an industry where Java is the norm, I thought an IDE is a neccessity. Aptana/Radrails is great, so is Netbeans. But for my journey, I’m breaking away from depending on the IDE and stick with my favorite text editor – Kate (KDE Advance Text Editor). For Gnome fans, I tried Gedit and it proves to be a great alternative. I just prefer Kate over Gedit even thought Gedit can be installed in KDE.tags: RubyonRails category: programming
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