New to programming AND new to Ruby

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by Cassandra K., Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Cassandra K.

    Cassandra K. Guest

    Hello. I am trying to teach myself Ruby. I have no background in
    programming, or experience... only interest.

    I have armed myself with Pragmatic Programmers Learn to Program, as well
    as Koans. I am running into walls trying to learn these things myself,
    because I get discouraged when there is no one to turn to when I have
    any questions. I get stuck; I wander off. This is no good. Obviously
    there is slow progression, when any.

    The issue, then, is where do I turn when I have these (obviously simple)
    questions? It seems both embarrassing and unnecessary to post on such a
    place as this, for simple issues in learning (for example, getting stuck
    on ruby koans).

    Does anyone have a suggestion? Should I try to dig up a "Ruby mentor",
    so to speak? And how would one go about doing something like that?

    -Cassandra
     
    Cassandra K., Jan 31, 2011
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    Would a study group of others working through the same book help.

    After many years absence from the IT world I am currently trying to
    kickstart my brain again by studying various subjects and am currently
    working through the Prag Prog Learn to Program book myself.

    Any others out there doing the same thing??/

    kev
     
    Kevin Ridgeon, Jan 31, 2011
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  3. Cassandra K.

    Cassandra K. Guest

    A study group sounds kind of cool. I'd be interested in that. I think
    I'll be pretty far behind, though, as I have no prior knowledge of any
    sort of programming. I'm willing to give it my best, though.
     
    Cassandra K., Jan 31, 2011
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    Josh Cheek Guest

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    For questions about how Ruby methods work, keep the docs handy
    http://ruby-doc.org/core/ and an IRB session open that you can try out what
    you read see what you think.

    If that doesn't solve your question, or if your question isn't about how
    some method / class works, then I recommend the IRC channel irc://
    irc.freenode.net/ruby-lang
    If you're on a Mac, you can use Colloquy to get on IRC
    http://colloquy.info/I don't know what's best for other OS's, sorry
    (though I just tried
    http://webchat.freenode.net/ and it worked for me, in my Firefox browser).
     
    Josh Cheek, Jan 31, 2011
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    Lets have a think about the best way to do this and what we want from it
    while waiting to see if there is any interest from others.
     
    Kevin Ridgeon, Jan 31, 2011
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  6. Good on you for learning new things. We all need to do more of that. =
    Welcome.
    My first suggestion is not to feel bad. It's a lot to learn and it can =
    be pretty counter intuitive at times.

    We all had those moments when we were learning to program. I definitely =
    doubted if I could ever do it at times.

    It other words, everything you are experiencing is totally normal.
    Don't be afraid to ask things here. Very few of us bite. Most of us =
    try to be patient and polite. If you aim for the same, I bet you'll be =
    surprised at how we can get you over the humps. We enjoy helping.
    one go about doing something like that?

    A mentor and/or study group sound like great ideas to me. Why suffer =
    alone when you can suffer with others? :) Mentors can be a great =
    resource for helping you learn to think like a computer.

    You might have a look at Ruby Mendicant University:

    http://university.rubymendicant.com/

    I believe it aims to help people in your position.

    Don't give up! Knowing you need help is a great sign!

    James Edward Gray II
     
    James Edward Gray II, Jan 31, 2011
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    Chris Hulan Guest

    You should check out the Railsbridge community (http://
    railsbridge.org/)
    As the name indicates it is Rails focused, however they have a lot of
    resources and support
    for those new to Ruby, and even new to programming, including
    mentoring

    Cheers
     
    Chris Hulan, Jan 31, 2011
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  8. Check out http://rubylearning.org/class/

    martin
     
    Martin DeMello, Jan 31, 2011
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  9. Cassandra K.

    Abhijit Guest

    Hey James,
    I can help you with installation of Ruby. So just let me know
    what problems you are having in downloading/installation of Ruby.


    Thanks,
    Abhijit

    --
    A transistor protected by a fast acting fuse, will protect the fuse by
    blowing first.




    ed I would to sign up for the help. I am having a hard time getting=A0 ruby=
    to download and working.
     
    Abhijit, Feb 3, 2011
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    Dan Lewis Guest

    posting simple questions on here shouldn't embarrass you, i do it all
    the time. im 14, i did some c++ then tryed out java and then my friend
    told me about ruby and here i am. the best thing about this forum is
    that no one says oh you noob or your sooooo stupid. they give you a
    honest answer and quite fast!

    regards

    -Dan-
     
    Dan Lewis, Feb 4, 2011
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  11. be quiet noob (lol)

    im in the same boat... except im 25 and making the transition to programmin=
    g from web design.

    this is just more fun (and profitable). learn aggressively and it will pay =
    off.

    Clent Crumley
    Webmaster
    Capitol Area Networks
    ________________________________________
    From: Dan Lewis []
    Sent: Friday, February 04, 2011 1:01 PM
    To: ruby-talk ML
    Subject: Re: New to programming AND new to Ruby

    posting simple questions on here shouldn't embarrass you, i do it all
    the time. im 14, i did some c++ then tryed out java and then my friend
    told me about ruby and here i am. the best thing about this forum is
    that no one says oh you noob or your sooooo stupid. they give you a
    honest answer and quite fast!

    regards

    -Dan-
     
    Clent Crumley, Feb 4, 2011
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