anonimous wrote:
> I've finished reading the recommended tutorial and I think I know enough
> to start looking through the Ruby api before I start trying to write
> programs as part of the learning experience.

Don't wait until AFTER you've read the api to "start trying to write 
programs."
Go ahead and start writing Ruby programs now; they're fun and easy.

-Kent
-- 
Kent R. Spillner
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
  temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
                                        - Benjamin Franklin