Beginner’s Guide To Ruby On Rails
Of all the different programming languages in the area of computing, Ruby has a very unique reputation. It is one of the very few dynamic scripting languages, that is designed to be simple yet powerful at the same time. It can be used for a number of purposes. You can use it to do basic programming applications and even automation of high level system administration tasks. Being an object oriented programming it is very simple to use, not to mention that in its standard implementation it is open source as well.
The solution is a programming language which was first developed in 1983 and the first public release came in 1195. The language was developed by Yukihiro Matsumoto, a Japanese programmer who is fondly known as Matz in the information technology circles. He developed the language as an alternative to Perl and Python both of which are rather complicated scripting systems and therefore very tricky to use. Not only is Ruby simple, its open source nature means that you can make it simpler.
While Ruby itself is a simple language, to describe you would have to make do with a lot of technical and computer programming jargon, so bear with me please. In case you have some idea about programming you would be easily able to recognize the power of Ruby and make good use of the language in your further development projects. In case you are into web development stuff and want to get straight to the point you should consider the Ruby on Rails write-up.
The main reason that Ruby is gaining more and more popularity is the fact that it is a truly object oriented language. This is in stark contrast to some other programming languages which although claim to be object oriented are only partially so. It is so much object oriented, that every single thing you would come across and handle in Ruby would be nothing else but an object.
Another reason behind the popularity of Ruby is the fact that for a programming language, it is very logically. The language is also exceptionally well organized. This makes it one of the easiest programming languages to learn in case you already have wee bit of an idea about computer programming concepts. While Ruby can easily claim to be as purely object oriented as Smalltalk, it is not bound in very complicated syntax rules. The source code derives its powers from its simplicity.
Simple that is scripting language is, by no means is it weak. The language is powerful and for the degree of simplicity it offers, more so. It is simpler yet as much powerful and versatile as is any other programming language. Being a utilitarian language, Ruby can make do with a small amount of code yet it is able to deliver high degree of results when it comes to that. Ruby works on two very basic principles namely accuracy of code and it conciseness.
Ruby comes with an Interpreter Shell. A rather unique feature, this Interpreter Shell is used by many a programmers to do experimentation with the language. The programmers can check the efficacy of the language using this Interpreter Shell in real time. This means that programming becomes a faster and more productive task. As you are able to edit and see the code work in real time or near real time, you would not have to spend hours with the debugger trying to smash the bugs in the software.
Ruby manual approved by Matz himself can also be found online.