On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 4:23 PM, Mike Stephens <rubfor / recitel.net> wrote:

> The problem with Rails is it is a whole new langusge to learn. It is
> more like a DSL. If you are struggling with just Ruby, why climb another
> mountain at the same time?
>
> Start dabbling with Scite. Open IRB in another window, and a command
> prompt for ri in a third window. Explore Ruby's basic behaviours. Follow
> a simple Ruby book. Ask a few questions and get comfortable with simple
> things.
>
>
+1 Use vim is another mountain to climb on top of learning to program. Go
with Scite (or if on a mac, TextMate) which will behave like all the other
applications you are familliar with (ie the left arrow to go left, rather
than the letter j -- whilst in command mode) There used to be a version
packaged with the Ruby download, that was setup such that you could run the
program you were writing by pressing f5.

Tackle the editor after you have done enough programming to decide that it
is worth learning the editor as well.