Getting Your Feet Wet With Ruby on Rails
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1  Why Ruby Is Cool
2 Why Rails Is Cool
3 Installing Ruby and Rails
4 Step one: Set up the database
5 Step two: Create the scaffolding
6 Steps three and beyond: Customize the application

Getting Your Feet Wet With Ruby on Rails
by Paul Adams 15 July 2005

Paul Adams [an error occurred while processing this directive]is Webmonkey's resident acronympho, covering the likes of PHP, DNS, and SOAP with startling aplomb.

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If you're like me, you're reading this on your bright-red custom-built laptop in a soothing rosemary-scented bubble bath, and you're wondering, "Why do I want another interpreted programming language? I can find my way around Perl and PHP and maybe a little Python. And Unix shell scripting. I feel fine. Why do people keep talking about Ruby?"

Like so many of the very coolest things, Ruby was invented in Japan in the '90s, although it is only recently picking up steam here. Ruby is purely object-oriented; even things like integers and strings have intrinsic methods and properties. So, for example, print "Webmonkey".reverse outputs "yeknombeW". It's a clean, pretty language, with a flexible, predictable syntax that's easy to read and write, and comfortable for people coming from Perl or C. It's more than easy to learn and use though -- it's fun, especially if you use Why?s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby, an engrossing, whimsical adventure story that reads like a collaboration between Stan Lem and Ed Lear and just happens to teach the reader Ruby (and the love of Ruby). [Note to editor: can you get this guy to write for Webmonkey?]

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