Andrew Mcelroy wrote in post #992351:

> This is what TryRuby.org is suppose to be.
>
  i think that TryRuby is a great start, though i agree that making the 
jump from an online irb to actual programming might be frustrating for 
the "total" beginner.  i was in fact confused by irb at first, thinking 
that it was some kind of command line ide or editor, rather than more of 
a reference tool.  obviously once you know what it's for, it's a great 
tool.

  i also used (and still do at times) scite for my first whacks at 
programming ruby, and i think the ease of pressing F5 and having output 
in another pane is a great idea for getting folks to see what they can 
do.

  ubuntu has a "Ruby Browser" package, which is a great concept, but is 
unfortunately incomplete and a bit buggy.  it's basically a list of all 
ruby base classes/modules, as well as Atk, Cairo, Gtk, Gst, and other 
library classes/modules.  the idea is that you click on a class or 
module and up pop the class and instance methods...  by clicking on a 
method, an explaination of the arguments appears.

  if these two could be combined, so that in one pane you'd have the API 
information, in another the text editor window, and in another the 
output - i think it could be a very useful tool for those who are new to 
ruby and programming in general.  this could be combined with the other 
suggestions (all very good in my opinion) about a package which manages 
installation and environment, and with some simple tutorials.

  it's a shame to see folks who would like to get started with 
programming and ruby get frustrated and give up...

 -j

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