thanks all.
I downloaded Ruby 1-8521 free which has a program called FreeRide.
Where do I download Rails? Is that free also?

On Jan 26, 2:54 pm, Jim Clark <diegosl... / gmail.com> wrote:
> Rae wrote:
> > I have a website created with FrontPage. So I really didn't need to
> > learn programming, just how to use that software. I 've alway wanted to
> > learn how to create a website. Is Ruby the way to go for a beginner?Learning to program in Ruby is probably one of the better choices you
> can make. Although all computer languages have their various strengths
> and weaknesses, most people (including myself) believe that Ruby helps
> the programmer focus on the task at hand and less on the idiosyncrasies
> of the language.> I downloaded the program and have tinkered with it a bit. I understand
> > variables and stuff because I can do a little VB6 programming.
> > But once you get a web page done with Ruby, how do you publish it
> > online? I have to ask this very elementary question because as you
> > know, FrontPage has its own publishing feature.How you approach a website using Ruby depends on your goals and
> capabilities. In the most basic sense, Ruby is like any other program in
> which you use secure (preferably) FTP connections to connect to your
> site and transfer files back and forth. What those files look like
> though depend on how you use Ruby. In the ASP sense, you can embed Ruby
> in your web pages (i.e. .rhtml) and serve them accordingly. You can also
> use Ruby as CGI scripts where you call an executable in the CGI
> directory (or elsewhere depending on the configuration) which then
> returns output to the browser. Most people using Ruby for web sites are
> probably using a framework like Rails because of the productivity boost
> that results when you learn the standard convention of Rails and follow
> it. Like a swiss army knife, Ruby can be used in a variety of situations
> very successfully.
>
> There have been many threads on which IDE to use to program in and many
> will have FTP capabilities built in. I use Komodo and Eclipse since each
> have some features that the other doesn't. Your mileage will vary
> though. No doubt your needs and preferences will change as you become
> more advanced.
> 
> HTH,
> Jim