Biting The Bullet – Learning Ruby On Rails

Learning Ruby On Rails

For those of you following along this merry ride, I decided over the weekend to learn Ruby On Rails.  I had been avoiding doing the dive into learning programming at a deeper level on the logic that, “We can’t learn everything.”

However, I changed my mind for several reasons:

  • First, I want to build web applications, specifically an app I have in mind for MightyInvestor.com.
  • Second, I just am super interested in programming and want to learn it for its own sake.
  • Third, being “non-technical” and peering in to the technology world from the outside gets old.

So, here we go.  I chose Ruby On Rails because:

  • It’s considered elegant and a pleasure to use.
  • Along with Javascript, it’s one of the best languages to use to build web applications.
  • The skill set of being a Ruby On Rails programmer is pretty valuable and pays well (no harm keeping a weather eye on on these things).

My first line of effort in learning RoR will be through this Ruby On Rails online tutorial.  After getting through that, we’ll figure out next steps.

Yesterday, just to get things rolling (and because programming in Ruby on Rails on a Windows machine is known to be problematic), I installed a virtual machine on my Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 and set up Linux Ubuntu.

It was super fun and cool to see a whole new operating system light up on my machine.  I plan to keep using Windows for almost everything.  Indeed, my first efforts at RoR will be in the cloud at c9.com anyways, but it is a blast playing around with Ubuntu and demystifying to finally play with a UNIX-based (virtual) box.[Added later: I quickly tired of attempting to use a Oracle VM on Windows and or coding online with Cloud9.  Instead, I did a “dual boot” and installed Linux on my computer.  This means I have both Linux and Windows on my computer.  I just choose which to boot up when I power on the computer.  This works way better for anything more than dabbling in coding.]

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