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Troy Davidson
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So I've been kind of forced into learning the Ruby programming language and also Ruby on Rails. I'm already a programmer so all I need to learn is the syntax as the concepts are familiar.

My question is:

How did you learn how to use Ruby? And if you know Ruby on Rails, what did you do to learn that?

And a follow up is:

Why did you learn Ruby?

I already have some personal opinions about Ruby, but I won't share them.
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I tried Ruby for awhile (2-3 months), but discovered I hate the syntax. Ended up deciding at that time to 'go deep' into Python instead. So, while I didn't answer your question, I did put some more chit into this chat.

Context / End result:
For scripting, I pretty much only use Python these days, although long ago I learned Perl and Bash. I spend most of my days writing C code (been doing that for over 25 yrs) (and a little C++ and Java), tho as that is what I am paid for.
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For what it's worth, I don't care for the syntax. There are a few things that I like, but overall I'm not impressed.

But, when the boss says that we need to take over a project from a 3rd party vendor, and support the code they wrote for another department, you just gotta learn how to do it.
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I played around with it for a bit when Rails was first released.

Ruby, in and of itself, is nothing extraordinary but the rails framework made design really simple.

Code Academy (http://www.codecademy.com/tracks/ruby) has a learning track for Ruby but like the other programs it looks pretty basic and might only serve as a beginners' guide.
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You find some interest in the Ruby Koans approach:

http://rubykoans.com/
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CrankyPants wrote:
I played around with it for a bit when Rails was first released.

Ruby, in and of itself, is nothing extraordinary but the rails framework made design really simple.


Strangely I am the opposite. Not sold on Rails at all. However I like some of the language bits a lot. The meta-programming and how it allows easy creation of internal DSLs etc.
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