Newbie - Installation Problems

Hi,

If im in the wrong place please redirect me:

I have decided that i’m goignt o jump inand learn rails the hard way. I know I have to go through the initial learnign curve. One of them is to know where to go when you get stuck… so here goes…

I’m installing on Windows 7. using guide:

http://guides.rubyonrails.org/getting_started.html

Ruby version:1.9.3p392

Rails version:3.2.13

the note on the instructions at:

4.3 Setting the Application Home Page

says:

root to: “welcome#index”

I’ve un-commented it the routes.rb and saves the file. But now I can not open the page.

I get error: Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to localhost:3000

Do i need to reboot routes.rb or server or something? It does not seem to obey the command in routes.rb or the path is wrong! I’ve check the directories and the file is there.

Nat

You needs to understand that what ever you typed in url field specific to rails application is mapped to that routes.rb files (and routes.rb file manages how your request is going to be processed )
if you delete the content of it …you have the specification how to handle the request in rails app.

Hi,

If im in the wrong place please redirect me:

I have decided that i'm goignt o jump inand learn rails the hard way. I know
I have to go through the initial learnign curve. One of them is to know
where to go when you get stuck.. so here goes...

I'm installing on Windows 7. using guide:

Well you certainly are going about it the hard way. Rails is
generatlly easier on Linux (eg Ubuntu) or Mac. In particular you will
find it easier to get help as most developers use Linux or Mac.

http://guides.rubyonrails.org/getting_started.html

Rather than starting there I suggest a tutorial such as
railstutorial.org (which is free to use online). That will guide you
through the steps in rather more detail than the guide, I believe.

Ruby version:1.9.3p392
Rails version:3.2.13

the note on the instructions at:
4.3 Setting the Application Home Page
says:

root to: "welcome#index"

I've un-commented it the routes.rb and saves the file. But now I can not
open the page.

I get error: Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to localhost:3000

Do i need to reboot routes.rb or server or something? It does not seem to
obey the command in routes.rb or the path is wrong! I've check the
directories and the file is there.

You need to restart the server after changing the routes.rb. You did
not mention that you have started the server, but I presume you have.
(rails server is the command).

Colin

Thanks for the advice guys.

Problem is that im sittign on a very good laptop. Do I really need to buy a mac or unix to develop in ROR??? Is it that much different on Windows???

Nat

Thanks for the advice guys.

Problem is that im sittign on a very good laptop. Do I really need to buy a
mac or unix to develop in ROR??? Is it that much different on Windows???

No you don't need another computer to run a linux distribution such as
Ubuntu. You can run Ubuntu in a virtual machine inside Windows
(VMWare or VirtualBox for example) or you can do what I do which is
install Ubuntu alongside Windows in a separate partition so that you
select at boot time which one to use. I did that a few years ago and
now find myself very rarely using Windows (just to interface with some
usb devises hardware that only have windows drivers). It is great to
feel back in control of the machine again. And the Ubuntu community
is great if you have a problem (eg
https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-users).

Colin

Hi Nat,

I believe you can do Rails on Windows, but you may face more problems and get less help. And yes, it is quite different. Mac and Linux are based on Unix so they work in the same way, but Windows is totally different.

Linux is free so good news is you don’t need to buy anything. Bad news is, however, if you are not comfortable with command line, there will be a learning curve.

Lei