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how do i get started?? need everything from hardware advice on server
plus hardware advice on dev station, etc.

Hi,

prgmr wrote:

how do i get started?? need everything from
hardware advice on server plus hardware
advice on dev station, etc.

I recommend the following.

Rails is available in very easy to use packages for pretty much any dev environment you might have.
For Windows, use Instant Rails.
For Mac OS X, use Locomotive.
For Linux, try the Rails LiveCD.

Start with an online tutorial or two. Then pick up "Agile Web Development with Rails" and work through the Depot tutorial. Then take what you've learned about Rails' basic capabilities and apply it to a small test project that's relevant to your context / interests / needs. You'll end up picking up other reference materials like "Programming Ruby" before you're very far along. Then, if you find that Rails suits you and your needs, worry about the other stuff above.

Best regards,
Bill