I started a sample Ruby project in an interest to find out what Ruby was all about. I thought a quick tutorial would do. But when I looked at the configuration and organization and the language, I thought that this is not such a quick ramp up. What is it about Ruby that would make me want to invest the time to do this?
Consider trying http://tryruby.sophrinix.com/ if you want to have a quick play with a Ruby interpreter. There's a short tutorial built into it too. It's a great way to give it a try without doing any installations
And, why learn Ruby? Well, it's a language designed to make programming "joyful." I know that sounds pretty stupid but it was actually the intention of the creator. Things are made quite simple to achieve (but without making them stupidly simple) with a lack of verbosity and needless keywords. Things are mostly very consistent. Everything's an object and once you get to grips with making classes and methods, you're on your way. It's very easy to learn and very easy to experiment.. not lots of compiling, etc.
Hello Wendy, would you mind pointing us to the tutorial you thought was perplexing? I've used a variety of Ruby books and online code samples which required little (if any) configuration - and yielded very fast results.