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Nikos Stavros
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How much Java do you recommend learning before trying out Ruby?

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Frank Carver

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I don't think there is any particular reason to learn any Java before learning Ruby.

I taught an introduction to programming course a year or so ago, and used Ruby and JavaScript as the languages. The students picked both of them up fine without any prior experience.

Why do you think you might need to learn some Java first?

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Nikos Stavros
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Hi, thanks for the reply.

Well I had an idea that the two were stronger together and ruby's success lie with its compatibility with Java.
Frank Carver

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I think you may be confusing Ruby and JRuby.

Ruby is a stand-alone scripting language available on many platforms. Ruby is the implementation language of the widely-hyped Rails framework.

JRuby is an implementation of the Ruby language which runs on the Java Virtual Machine and integrates closely with Java.

Ruby and JRuby are deliberately very similar, but there are some subtle differences due to the different underlying implementations and the process of change and catch-up in language specifications.
Roseanne Zhang
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Actually, the first Ruby compiler is Ruby.NET!
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