Help please on Ruby on Rails Migrations: "rake aborted! undefined local variable or method name 'ss' in main:object

Environment: Windows Vista, running Ruby 1.8.6 on Rails 2.1, MySql 5.0/
PostGreSql 8.3.1

I'm enjoying going through a ruby on rails example and learning the
power of ruby and rails. I'm in need of help. The migrations script
is simply trying to create a new Users table with 3 columns. The
erorr I get perpetually is "Rake aborted! Undefined local variable or
method name 'ss' in main:object. I can't find any hits on the web
with this error. I've tried changing databases, reinstalling,
restarting db, web server, etc.. rebooting but to no avail. The
strange thing is that the script does seem to be able to create the
rails system's "schema_info" table with a single record with a single
column with a value of ZERO to indicate that the db is at version=0.
Please advise?

Environment: Windows Vista, running Ruby 1.8.6 on Rails 2.1, MySql
5.0/
PostGreSql 8.3.1

I'm enjoying going through a ruby on rails example and learning the
power of ruby and rails. I'm in need of help. The migrations script
is simply trying to create a new Users table with 3 columns. The

Obvious question: what's in your migration ?

Fred

It turns out this was operator error on my part. I had some stray
text ('ss') at the bottom of the script that was not viewable in my
IDE sized window. until I went and did a copy all/paste into the
draft of my reply to you. Sorry for the silly post. Though this has
taught me to be very vigilant about looking for all typographical
errors in this dynamic language. I'm from a C/C++/C# background and
will be learning new things for a long time.

Question: is it possible to ask the Aptana IDE or any other compiler
to compile your ruby project or program and report any syntactical
errors?