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How to learn Ruby on Rail quickly?

Asked by friendly12345 (19points) May 1st, 2010

I’ve already have knowledge of programming in C/C++ and PHP, especially in PHP. But now I want to start learning Ruby and Ruby on Rail, so where is the fast way to learn from scratch.

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friendly12345's avatar

So do I need to learn ruby in order to learn ruby on rail. Or I just jump in to ruby on rail and start learning it.

jrpowell's avatar

Ruby is the language and Rails is the framework. You need to know Ruby to use Rails. It is like PHP and CakePHP.

frdelrosario's avatar

Do you even know why you need to learn Rails? There are several other Ruby web application frameworks that don’t impose all of Rails’ structure upon the programmer.

I agree with other Ruby web developers who moved away from Rails because they wanted to be closer to their code.

Kodewrita's avatar

The easiest way to learn any programming language is to create a project using that language. For Ruby, search for “Why the Lucky Stiff”. Thats the nickname of the author of one of the most user friendly Ruby books ever written. Its a comical introduction to Ruby. You will love it.

Visit to get access to sample ruby code you can study for use in your own applications.

There is a small game-like tutor called Hackety Hack. It introduces you to Ruby in the same way that tutors used to teach Turtle Logo. Simple executable exercises.

Ruby is pretty similar to PHP. I do both and I can tell you there are fewer concepts you may have to discard since you are already familiar with PHP.

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