Utter Newbie, HELP!!!!

Dear Ruby on Rails Expert with Compassion for a Newbie,


I just got started. I tried:

At the Windows Command Prompt:
puts "Hello, world!"

The response is: -:2: syntax error, unexpected '^', expecting $end

I am using Ruby 2.2 (ruby186-26.exe). What can I do, besides pull
out my hair? This can be very discouraging for a complete novice.


I am by no means any expert and consider myself a newbie also but I am sure


actually means

control D


You probably want to use irb for that type of fiddling...

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\arc>irb
irb(main):001:0> puts 'Hello World'
Hello World
=> nil

So where is irb?

I have been looking for it for some time now.

I seems like this Ruby is very much a work in progress. It seems to have a lot of bugs and it seems to be very difficult to work with.


I have never used ruby in windows, but it has been around for a while and on Linux and OS X it works flawlessly.


So where is irb?

Sorry for the incomplete answer...

irb (Interactive Ruby) is another package to load on your machine...

For linux (Ubuntu 8.04 is my flavor),

sudo apt-get install ruby
sudo apt-get install ri
sudo apt-get install rdoc

would be the bare minimum I would do...

Windows? I think it came in my general install of ruby186-26.exe

And thus far, I have yet to encounter a real Ruby issue, usually it's
just a Silly User Error, meaning mine, or my lack of understanding on
the Ruby syntax (it is light years ahead of what I develop with

I am the psychopathic programmer: I do not make Silly User Errors. The World is against me.


All I have done today is Silly User Errors. If you guys say that Ruby is FrickingFantastic and works just fine in Windows, I am going to believe you and I am going to push on and learn this and make it work for me. I saw that video of that guy doing a blog page, and although I have very little idea what he was doing when he was doing it, I am impressed with the result.


Ruby on windows works fine. The package you have there works fine for
general web development with Rails. However you've got a lot of things
oyu have to learn in order to be able to build a blog in 10 minutes.

I have a couple of resources you might find useful though:

First, I maintain a simple tutorial for beginners which you can get
from http://www.napcs.com/resources/rails/cookbook/index.html which
will give you a basic introduction to Rails. You'll build a small
application and then give you some places to go next.

Next, I really recommend the "Agile Web Development with Rails" book.
You can get a PDF right now and it will get you going on the right
path. http://www.pragprog.com/titles/rails3/agile-web-development-with-rails-third-edition

After that, get working on stuff. Build things and ask questions when
you get stuck. The community is awesome and is willing to help you.