Total newb questions - resources or tutorials?

I've been searching (the forum and the web) for a while without joy so I
was hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction.

I am new to OOP and Ruby. I want to start writing some simple web apps
and identified RoR as a good platform for the type of stuff I want to
do. FWIW I have decent HTML and CSS skills and some SQL experience but
little knowledge of much else.

I am in the process of setting up a box to run RoR but am slightly
stumped as where to go next. I don't have enough coding experience to
jump into the projects I have in mind nor enough familiarity with using
MVC pattern to exploit an OOP language powerfully.

So I am looking for some step-by-step tutorials that walk me through
building an app to get a bit more of a feel for OOP and Ruby. Something
akin to this (a CSS tutorial I found great -
http://www.westciv.com/style_master/academy/hands_on_tutorial/index.html
) would be awesome. Can anyone recommend something/somewhere that is
pitched at someone without an OOP background? Budget is an issue so face
to face training is out unfortunately, but I would buy books if you
think they would help me.

Thank you in advance for any advice.

Fat Al wrote:

I've been searching (the forum and the web) for a while without joy so I
was hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction.

I am new to OOP and Ruby. I want to start writing some simple web apps
and identified RoR as a good platform for the type of stuff I want to
do. FWIW I have decent HTML and CSS skills and some SQL experience but
little knowledge of much else.

I am in the process of setting up a box to run RoR but am slightly
stumped as where to go next. I don't have enough coding experience to
jump into the projects I have in mind nor enough familiarity with using
MVC pattern to exploit an OOP language powerfully.

So I am looking for some step-by-step tutorials that walk me through
building an app to get a bit more of a feel for OOP and Ruby. Something
akin to this (a CSS tutorial I found great -
http://www.westciv.com/style_master/academy/hands_on_tutorial/index.html
) would be awesome. Can anyone recommend something/somewhere that is
pitched at someone without an OOP background? Budget is an issue so face
to face training is out unfortunately, but I would buy books if you
think they would help me.

Thank you in advance for any advice.
  

AWDWR is THE getting-started-resource for new Rails developers. It starts out with a step by step tutorial that spans the first several chapters and goes through installing Ruby and Rails and building your first application.

http://www.pragprog.com/titles/rails2

And when you're done with that, grab this book to solidify your
knowledge of Rails and learn some advanced techniques:

http://www.amazon.com/Rails-Way-Addison-Wesley-Professional-Ruby/dp/0321445619

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