To develop web applications, you need to know a programming language. This allows you to translate your ideas into code that does what you want it to do.

The choice of programming language doesn't matter. A programming language is just a tool for a job. However, some tools are better than others for a particular task. Since we are learning web development here, we are going to learn Ruby. It is an easy-to-learn but very flexible language. And it is great for making web stuff. Cool. Dig in.

First StepsEdit

  • Try ruby - Very basic introduction to Ruby. Works in the browser, no setup, no hassle. Start here, it takes 15 minutes.
  • The Poignant Guide to Ruby - Cartoons == happiness!
  • Learn Ruby The Hard Way - This is one of the books used by Boots to get up to speed pre-DBC. This is a book that takes you from knowing nothing about programming to a place where you have a somewhat decent understanding of fundamental programming concepts, plus some more. You can buy it in .pdf and .epub to support the author or read it for free online.
  • Ruby Track on CodeAcademy - Free, basic, hands-on, browser-based course. This is nice.

Practicing your Ruby-FuEdit

Once you've gone through some of the first steps and you feel like you know what you are doing there, you can proceed. Knock youself out:

  • Ruby Koans - Intermediate ruby practice. You can do them in your browser or download them and run them in a terminal. These are really good, so make sure you check them out. Koans are a Zen thing, they usually small stories, questions or dialogues that are used to make a student progress in his Zen path. Awesome.
  • Ruby Monk - Again, some Zen themed intermediate practice.

Becoming NeoEdit

Continued ReferenceEdit

Books and resources that you could read back to back, but are definitely worth mentioning if you want to dig deeper in a particular topic: