first impressions from a newbie on setting up ruby on rails

After downloading and installing ruby and gems as suggested on the
download page http://www.rubyonrails.org/down, I decided to go for
instant rails. The reasons being:

1. when I ran gem install rails --include-dependencies I got a strange
error message and there wasn't anyplace to go for quick answers.

2 the instructions under "make your applicaiton" were confusing.

rails path/to/your/new/application
cd path/to/your/new/application
ruby script/server

Is "path/to/your/new/application" a particular path in ruby or just
any one you choose? Does the last line represent the entire literal
command or is there something called a script/server that I am
supposed to enter?

I have a masters' in Computer Science and lots of experience with
various languages. If I'm finding this page confusing, chances are
others will as well.

After downloading and installing ruby and gems as suggested on the
download page http://www.rubyonrails.org/down, I decided to go for
instant rails. The reasons being:

1. when I ran gem install rails --include-dependencies I got a strange
error message and there wasn't anyplace to go for quick answers.

You could start by saying what the error was :slight_smile:

2 the instructions under "make your applicaiton" were confusing.

rails path/to/your/new/application
cd path/to/your/new/application
ruby script/server

Is "path/to/your/new/application" a particular path in ruby or just
any one you choose? Does the last line represent the entire literal
command or is there something called a script/server that I am
supposed to enter?

path/to/your/new/application does just mean 'wherever you want your application to be'
ruby script/server will run the script that spawns a server

Fred

Michael Phoenix wrote:

...

1. when I ran gem install rails --include-dependencies I got a strange
error message and there wasn't anyplace to go for quick answers.

...and what were those strange errors?

2 the instructions under "make your applicaiton" were confusing.

rails path/to/your/new/application
cd path/to/your/new/application
ruby script/server

Is "path/to/your/new/application" a particular path in ruby or just
any one you choose? Does the last line represent the entire literal
command or is there something called a script/server that I am
supposed to enter?

1) Any path you choose - it's just a location for rails to create its
directory structure and file it with files

2) There is a server file in the script directory (in the rails
framework created above). "script/server" is shorthand for this.