Hello all.

I've decided after about a week or so of being on the list to come out
of hiding and ask a couple of questions.  My email addy of
rubygeekgirl is not a reality, but more of an aspiration.  :)

Real quick background on my knowledge and skill level -- I played
around with BASIC on my Commodore VIC 20 at the age of 8 (which was 22
years ago).  A couple of years ago I started to try and learn Python.
Fast-forward to Fall of 2006, I decided to try and pick it up again.
In addition, I also decided to go back to college and my first class
this last semester was Programming Logic and Design.  The course was
pretty much about logic (imagine that) and we covered loops and mostly
procedural programming, print charts, arrays, and that's pretty much
it.  Anyway, as I started to look at Python again, I happened to
discover Ruby.  I spent about a month deciding on whether I wanted to
learn Ruby or Python, and as I looked at what was available, I felt
more at ease in Ruby.  I read a few tutorials, went out and bought the
PickAxe about four months ago, and did my best to get through it.  I
think a lot of it is a bit over my head.  I also looked at the Pine
online book and the Why's Poignant guide, in addition to the Little
Book of Ruby and a couple of other resources.

Okay, enough of THAT.  I'm now at the point where I feel like I'm
reading the same thing over and over and over again.  I'm not the most
patient person and I want to start coding something.  I've already
made some small interactive 'kiddie' command line programs and the
such, but I'm getting bored.  I just don't know where or what or HOW
to start.

I'm starting to look at code snippets over at Ruby Forge... I also
just got laid off a few weeks ago, so money is tight, otherwise, I'd
go out and buy The Ruby Way, which I perused at Barnes and Noble last
week and fell in love with.

So, I ask you, the gurus... Where do I start?  This feels like a
writer's block and I'm sick of reading.  I want to start *doing*

I have the IDEs installed, I have Ruby installed on my Gentoo Linux
box...

I'm sick of writing things asking for the user's name and if they want
to try a chocolate chip cookie. :)

Thanks so much in advance.  I apologize for my verbosity.

Samantha

http://www.babygeek.org/