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Eric Armstrong

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Ruby Makes My Head Explode (View in Weblogs)
Posted: Jun 3, 2006 8:55 AM
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My head was stuffed with things Ruby, and it exploded... All over the web. Bits everywhere. I just couldn't stop writing until I got it all out of my system.
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Here are the results of my writing spree:


Alexander Dymo

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Re: Ruby Makes My Head Explode Posted: Jun 4, 2006 8:50 AM
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I'm sorry if you already know that, but let me point you at other Ruby GUI development options out there. It's QtRuby - the excellent package of Ruby bindings for Qt library. There are bindings to Qt3 and Qt4 versions as well.

Bindings information:
http://developer.kde.org/language-bindings/ruby/index.html
http://rubyforge.org/projects/korundum/

There's also a Rapid GUI Development with QtRuby book from pragmatic programmers about them:
http://www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/ctrubyqt

There's more to add here. KDevelop IDE versions 3.3 and 3.4 (http://www.kdevelop.org) support Ruby/Rails development and have integrated Ruby debugger and integrated GUI designer (for Qt) on board.
See, for example integrated GUI design tutorial at:
http://www.kdevelop.org/doc/technotes/rubyrad.html
http://www.kdevelop.org/doc/technotes/rubyrad1.png
http://www.kdevelop.org/doc/technotes/rubyrad2.png
Debugger announcement and screenshots:
http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/788

James Britt

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Re: Ruby Makes My Head Explode Posted: Jun 5, 2006 9:46 PM
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I'm still surprised when people assemble Ruby resources and fail to list ruby-doc.org: http://ruby-doc.org/

Books: http://ruby-doc.org/bookstore

Getting Started: http://ruby-doc.org/gettingstarted

Gettng dressed: http://www.rubystuff.com/

Eric Armstrong

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Re: Ruby Makes My Head Explode Posted: Jun 6, 2006 4:19 PM
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> I'm sorry if you already know that, but let me point you
> at other Ruby GUI development options out there. It's
> QtRuby - the excellent package of Ruby bindings for Qt
> library.
>
I've heard of it on the list, and thought about mentioning it. It's terrific to have such a coherent set of document pointers in one place. Thanks for mentioning it. I'll copy your post into the original page, and credit you with it.

Eric Armstrong

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Re: Ruby Makes My Head Explode Posted: Jun 6, 2006 4:29 PM
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> I'm still surprised when people assemble Ruby resources
> and fail to list ruby-doc.org: http://ruby-doc.org/
>
You know, I'm not all that surprised. At last count, the "Ruby documentation sites" were going on 20. Frankly, it has been hard to figure out where to find information. So instead of going to any specific site, I tend to a search and see what pops up. If I don't see anything on the first page, I start visiting the bookmarks I've collected. But I've seen one page that had a much longer list.

I can't seem to find that one, but Jim Weirich has a smaller resource page at http://onestepback.org/articles/usingruby/resources.html that lists Ruby Language, Ruby Talk, Ruby Application Archive, Ruby Garden, Ruby Wiki, Ruby Central, and Ruby Forge. Is there some reason that ruby-doc should be given a higher billing?

Elizabeth Wiethoff

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Re: Ruby Makes My Head Explode Posted: Jun 9, 2006 4:36 AM
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> Is there some reason that ruby-doc should be given
> a higher billing?

I go to ruby-doc for its documentation on Ruby's built-in classes and standard library. That's all it's good for in my mind. The ruby-doc site doesn't document the language syntax, for example, or list the exception hierarchy. (Go to Zen Spider's Ruby QuickRef for those.)

So, yeah, Ruby "documentation" is scattered all over the place. Despite the fact that Ruby is pretty easy, I find it a lot more frustrating to learn than, say, Python, whose documentation is all in one spot.

Your best bet overall is probably the Pickaxe. Read the first edition online for free, then think of investing in the second edition.

Eric Armstrong

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Re: Ruby Makes My Head Explode Posted: Jun 9, 2006 7:47 PM
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> I go to ruby-doc for its documentation on Ruby's built-in
> classes and standard library. That's all it's good for in
> my mind.
>
Yup. I just found this Wikipedia page as well. It has a terrific collection of code snippets, and an extensive list of documentation locations at the end. (I plan to add a resources section at the end of the article. I'll include this in it.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_programming_language

James Britt

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Re: Ruby Makes My Head Explode Posted: Jun 11, 2006 3:31 PM
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> I go to ruby-doc for its documentation on Ruby's
> built-in classes and standard library.
> That's all it's good for in my mind.

Ruby syntax
http://ruby-doc.org/docs/ProgrammingRuby/

Getting Started:
http://ruby-doc.org/gettingstarted
http://ruby-doc.org/docs/UsersGuide/rg/

If there's something missing, please feel free to submit content: suggestions@ruby-doc.org

James Britt

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Re: Ruby Makes My Head Explode Posted: Jun 11, 2006 3:39 PM
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> I can't seem to find that one, but Jim Weirich
> has a smaller resource page at
> http://onestepback.org/articles/usingruby/resources.html
> that lists Ruby Language, Ruby Talk, Ruby Application
> Archive, Ruby Garden, Ruby Wiki, Ruby Central, and
> Ruby Forge. Is there some reason that ruby-doc should
> be given a higher billing?


Because Ruby Talk, Ruby Application Archive, Ruby Garden, Ruby Wiki, Ruby Central, and Ruby Forge are not primarily (or even) documentation sites. Ruby Garden and its wiki have very helpful (though focused) content, but the other sites are deveoted to mailing lists or application source repos or the non-profit corp. for Ruby events.

That said, ruby-doc.org is open for suggestions: suggestions@ruby-doc.org

It is not so much that there needs to be one place that stores everything, but ideally people should be able to start from one URL that leads them to other resources.

Eric Armstrong

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Re: Ruby Makes My Head Explode Posted: Jun 11, 2006 8:51 PM
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> It is not so much that there needs to be one place that
> stores everything, but ideally people should be able to
> start from one URL that leads them to other resources.
>
Frankly, I would like for there to be one place that stores everything. Java has the advantage that it is backed by a major hardware vendor, so it is possible to go to one location and find pretty nearly everything, in one form or another.

Coming to the Ruby world has been like stepping back 20 years or so, when it comes to finding explanations. Even with all those sites, there are things that just don't seem to be explained anywhere.

That's not a complaint, mind you. Rather, it's an expression of an "opportunity".
:_)

luke avery

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Re: Ruby Makes My Head Explode Posted: May 20, 2007 10:04 PM
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I have created a beginner [URL="http://www.meshplex.org/wiki/Ruby/Ruby_on_Rails_programming_tutorials"]Ru by Tutorial[/URL] specifically for new programmers.

Narasimha Raju Naidu

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Re: Ruby Makes My Head Explode Posted: Nov 24, 2008 1:00 AM
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Hi any one know how to connect database using RubyQt. I am waiting for all you peoples replies.

Regards,

Narasimha Raju.Naidu

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