On Apr 17, 2007, at 12:22 PM, poison tooth wrote:

> Im just learning ruby and im stuck the guide im using says
>
> "Your first program
> Congratulations! Now that you have made it this far, you are ready to
> start writing programs.
> Hello World
> Grab a text editor and type in the following:
>
> puts "Hello World"
>
> Save the file as hello.rb and run it by typing
> ruby hello.rb"
>
> i've tried that more than once and it says the out is:
>
> "irb(main):001:0> ruby hello.rb
> NameError: undefined local variable or method `hello' for main:Object
>       from (irb):1
> irb(main):002:0> "

Try running "ruby hello.rb" from a Terminal window (on a Mac) instead  
of from irb.
If you want to run it from irb, enter "load 'hello.rb'".

> the guide never said what word processor should i use
> i tried TextEdit.app but it fussed about the .rb
> so i used Microsoft word and this is what it does...
>
> Any tips?

You can use any text editor. TextEdit should be fine, but there are  
many better choices. I see you're on a Mac. Check out TextMate.