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This article explains and teaches how to use a associative arrays (hashes) as a way to store multiple variables in one data structure.
Learn how to use the command line interface on Windows, Linux and OS X to run rb files and use the interactive Ruby program. Page 2.
Use command-line arguments to pass parameters to your Ruby scripts from the command line.
Problem: You encounter an error reading NameError: uninitialized constant Something or NameError: uninitialized constant Object::Something (with various class names in place of Something).
Be notified of Twitter updates by IM, using this Ruby script. It's a pain to switch to a Web browser every you want to check your Twitter account. This script solves that by sending you an instant message (IM) using the Jabber protocol when there's something new to see on Twitter.
Using environment variables in Ruby.
Loops, including while and include loops, are one of the most commonly used constructs in computer programs. Page 2.
The 'require' method is the reusable code mechanism in Ruby. It allows you to import other source files into your programs.
Use comments to annotate your Ruby code.
This article explains and teaches how to use a arrays as a way to store multiple variables in one data structure.
String manipulation using the split method in Ruby. Split strings into a list of substrings.
The case statement is a control structure that is usually quite limited in other programming langauges. However, it's quite powerful and flexible in Ruby.
Problem: You encounter an error reading NameError: undefined local variable or method `a' for #
URL shortening is a useful feature for any Rails application. Making it easy for people to share links to your content is always a good thing.
How to install Ruby on the Linux operating system.
Part four of the Ruby on Rails blog tutorial shows you how to create a comments table to allow users to comment on your blog posts.
Loops, including while and include loops, are one of the most commonly used constructs in computer programs.
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It's easy to jump into parsing and generating JSON in Ruby with the json gem. It provides an API for parsing JSON from text as well as generating JSON text from arbitrary Ruby objects. It's easily the most used JSON library in Ruby.
There are two basic things you can do with an object: call a method on it and access an attribute. Ruby doesn't make a distinction between these things, but it does give you some tools to make some methods act like attributes.
How to install the Ruby interpreter on Windows, Linux and OS X.
Using OptionParser to parse command line options is a preferable alternative to GetoptLong or looking through ARGV manually. But how do you use it?
Ruby comes equipped with a powerful and flexible tool to parse command-line options, OptionParser. The class is an alternative to GetoptLong for analyzing command line options.
Using and manipulating strings and substrings in Ruby. Page 4.
What type of language is the Ruby programming language?
Unless user input is a single word or number, that input will need to be split, or turned into a list of strings or numbers.
It's often necessary to make a copy of a value in Ruby. While this may seem simple, and it is for simple objects, as soon as you have to make a copy of a data structure with multiple array or hashes on the same object, you will quickly find there are many pitfalls.
How to use the command line interface on Windows, Linux and OS X to run Ruby scripts and use the interactive Ruby program.
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How to install the Ruby interpreter on the Windows operating system.
In the previous article in this series, we discussed the basics of the Dir class. Particularly useful was the Dir.foreach method for iterating over all files in a directory. However, this only goes so far. What if you want to iterate over only some files (for example, just XML files) in a directory?
Installing the Ruby Version Manager (RVM) on Linux
The basics of using Bundler are very trivial, you can be up and running in just a few minutes.
Using hashes to simulate optional named parameters in methods.
Aliasing is a powerful Ruby feature that allows more than one method to be referred to by multiple names. This can be used to give a programmer more expressive options or to create copies of a method, allowing you to change the behavior of a class.
What do you do when a new version of Rails comes out? Build a blog, of course. The blog is kind of the
This Ruby script for Twitter is what's often referred to as a "mashup." Mashups interface one protocol
The gem command is one of the most used Ruby-related commands. This article shows 25 Gem Commands and their functions.
How to use the logger library to create and write to log files in Ruby.
Sometimes the old adage rings true: the best things in life are free. If you've wanted to learn a little Ruby, but haven't been able to fit a programming course into your budget, don't worry. There are a number of places on the Web to begin your learning, without sacrificing money or quality.
How to install Ruby on Apple OS X
In the past, the Ruby “One-Click Installer” was the primary choice for installing Ruby on Windows. However, the One-Click Installer fell into disrepair and was eventually abandoned. Something new was needed, and thus, RubyInstaller was born.
Ruby objects are instantiated using the Class.new method, and initialize using their own initialize methods.
It's often useful in games, simulation and unit testing to generate random numbers, Ruby provides easy access to a pseudo-random number generator.
Iterating over arrays isn't the only trick up Ruby's sleeve. Having the ability to map arrays (and other enumerable collections) is a powerful feature.
Instance variables are some of the most common and important variables types in Ruby. They begin with the at sign (@) and allow objects to track their internal state.
Before we get too invested in our blog, we need to set up some authentication. We'll be using the popular and capable Devise gem to handle authentication.
Since the Twitter API makes it easy to do anything you can do on the website, writing a Ruby script to automatically follow followers is very simple.
Net::SSH is a way for Ruby to interact with SSH (Secure Shell) protocol. It relies on the OpenSSL library for encryption.
Can I add empty directories to Git repositories?
Base64 is a way to represent any data as ASCII data. Ruby provides a few handy functions to encode and decode Base64.
Why are cloud computing and Ruby on Rails a good match? Let's hear what Hampton Catlin, author of HAML and Wikipedia's head Ruby/mobile architect has to say!
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Now that you can write controller logic and views and Haml, you can start putting together some more complex application. There's one very annoying thing though: Sinatra does not reload its code whenever you make a change. If you make a change, you have to stop and restart the server. This is just an extra step and generally an annoyance. This where shotgun comes in.
How to install gems from git repositories.
How to get started in Sinatra, including how to use actions, parameters, ERB and views.
A crash course on what CSV is, what it is used for and how it is parsed. A method for parsing CSV files using only Ruby's built-in string methods is presented and discussed.
Learn to search the Ruby Gems repository to find gems to add and install to your library.
Among the new features in release of Ruby 1.9.1 is the Lambda operator, a shortcut used to make nameless methods. Learn how to use this feature introduced in Ruby 1.9.1.
How do you create hashes from tabular data? There are a few ways, but there's a way built into Ruby that fits onto a single line.
It's not a very common thing in Ruby. You have more sophisticated string tools (such as split or scan), but there are times when you'd want to iterate over the characters in a string. Unicode complicates this matter, but Ruby makes it simple.
By using the Enumerable module, you can make any of your classes act like Ruby standard collections. All you need to do is implement the 'each' method.
How do Ruby and Python compare in terms of features, form and function?
How to add files to a Git repository.
The basics of strings, string interpolation, single and double quotes, escape sequences and alternate string literal syntaxes. Page 2.
Global variables are not often used in Ruby, however, you should at least understand their usage should you ever encounter them.
OS X has pretty easy access to a GCC development environment installed with XCode (an IDE and development
In this series of articles, a complete clone of the game 2048 is written from scratch.
You don't have to use version control, but you should be. In the past, version control software has been large, clunky, required servers and really was only used when working in groups. But with Git, it's so easy that you really have no excuse, you should be using version control.
While simple boolean expressions will get you pretty far, you'll soon find yourself wanting to act on more than one condition. For that you'll need boolean operators.
Generating cryptographic hashes in Ruby is quite easy. Ruby provides both a built in method and gives access to OpenSSL's hashing algorithms in most installations.
How to use blocks in Ruby.
What is cloud computing? Interviews with industry experts help us define cloud computing, software as service, platform as service and more.
Most non-compiled languages have some kind of eval function, which will take a string and execute it as code.
One of the most powerful, useful and often overlooked features of RVM is the gemset. A gemset is a separate gem directory, so the gems in one gemset don't conflict with the gems in another gemset.
Sinatra is a web framework. Simply put, it's a library that allows you to write web applications with a minimum of red tape.
Exploring and knowing the Twitter API is fine, but what do you do from there? Here are 3 practical scripts to help you follow followers on Twitter, update your Twitter account via an RSS feed and to be notified of your friend's new Tweets as they come in.
Generating a Rails project from which to build an application. Page 3.
One of the most common tasks when dealing with arrays is to sort them. Luckily, Ruby makes this simple and flexible.
Using the Twitter RubyGem, making API requests to Twitter is even easier than using the twitter method.
Once you have releases tagged in the repository, it will be useful to retrieve tagged releases. For example, I want to see if a bug was present in version 0.3, so I'll want to retrieve version 0.3 and run it. Git, of course, makes this easy.
The following is a list of articles that will show you how to write, style and deploy a URL shortener (like TinyURL) application in Ruby on Rails.
Chances are, you've spent your entire database life with relational databases. Data gets organized into columns, and stored in rows. You manipulate data with SQL (Structured Query Language) and there's really no other way to do it. There are competing SQL servers out there (MySQL, SQLite, etc), but they all more or less operate in the same way. But there's much more out there than SQL databases, especially with all the new software in the past few years.
Directions of how to install the Tk GUI and its Ruby bindings on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
In the previous article, you learned what Rack is. Now, it’s time to start using Rack and serve up some pages.
There are many hidden pitfalls when using temporary files. Ruby's Tempfile class solves many of these.
Bundler is a gem dependency manager for Ruby.
Like just about every programming language every conceived, Ruby supports constants. A constant is a variable whose value cannot be changed. However, in Ruby, this has some caveats.
Problem: You're trying to install a gem and you encounter an error reading no such file to load -- mkmf. This doesn't always occur, only when you're trying to install gems with native C code that must be compiled.
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Serializing an object is to convert an object to a byte stream and either store that object for future loading, or sending to another program to be loaded there. There are several common ways to serialize objects in Ruby. The Marshal module is used less often than the other methods, but it's included in the standard library.
There are several ways to run other programs in Ruby. There is the system> method, backticks, etc. However, they all spawn new processes. If there is nothing left for your Ruby program to do, it has to sit there wasting memory until the launched program finishes. The exec> method fixes this.
What features do Ruby and the Java programming language share? How are they alike and how are they different?
Problem: Seemlingly at random, you've encountered the error undefined method `to_sym' for nil:NilClass, or a similar error message for any method name other than to_sym.
Text adventure games were a very popular game genre on minicomputers and microcomputers from the 1970's through the 1990's. This article series will take you through each step of making a text adventure game in Ruby.
Running programs with Net::SSH is simple enough. The Session object gives you two convenient methods with which to accomplish this task.
Among Ruby 2.1.0's changes are a few additions to Ruby's String capabilities.
Creating Ruby gems has always been a bit of a pain. When you get right down to it, it's not a hard thing to do, but it's easy to forget how if you don't do it often enough. There are quite a few gems to help you write other gems, but if you're using Rails 3, there's already a gem on your system that does this: Bundler. Page 2.
There’s a lot of talk about Rack , but unless you’re a framework author yourself, you rarely see it. So what is Rack? And why, as an application developer, should you care about it?
Now that you have a new Rails project, you're probably at a loss of where to go. Let's start by generating a new controller.
The Ruby on Rails router is responsible for determining which action to run depending on the HTTP request type and URL passed by the web server.
With RVM installed on your system, it's easy to have many versions of Ruby installed. And, especially if you switch between them often, it's easy to forget which Bash command prompt is using which Ruby version. You can solve this by putting your Ruby version in your Bash prompt.
Learning how to work with files is one of the first things new Ruby programmers learn. However, how to work with directories of files is something that's often skipped or only lightly touched upon. Ruby does have some powerful mechanisms for working with directories though.
Until Ruby 2.0, Ruby has not had true keyword arguments. You could simulate them using a hash, but as of Ruby 2.0 there's no longer any need to do that.
Now that Rails 4 is out, let's see what's new.
Input and output methods are often overlooked by many Ruby programmers. How often have you used the <b>gets</b> and <b>puts</b> methods without giving them a second glance? Learn all the features of these methods to better put them to use in your code.
Sometimes blindly opening files just won't cut it, sometimes you need to know more information about a file before opening it.
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You probably know about the 'require' method (yes, it is a method, it's not a keyword), but what about the 'load' method? What's so different about it?
A feature in Rails that protects against Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks.
RVM is great. However, there may be times where you must run Ruby scripts with RVM as root (or another user) via sudo.
I declared a variable in the global scope, and now I can't access it. What's going on here?
There are multiple ways of installing Git on Linux. Depending on which Linux distribution you're using and whether it provides binary packages for Git, you can either install a binary package or install from source.
Some larger projects, especially Ruby on Rails, come with quite a bit of documentation. This is good, documentation is good, but the code that processes this documentation (RDoc) into HTML and ri format is not exactly speedy. On slower computers, or with larger projects, the time this takes becomes and annoyance.
Variables are named references to objects in memory. Their several variants (local, instance, class, constant, etc) each have their own subtleties.
How do do various types of URL matching in Sinatra.
This article was written for Bundler version 1.0. If you are using a later version of Bundler, the commands
Storing key/value pairs in Ruby doesn't always need to be accomplished by using a hash. You can also use the Struct and OpenStruct classes.
The scaffold generator gave us something rather spartan, let's spruce this up by adapting a Wordpress theme to work with our shiny new blog.
Ruby has a the usual and expect loops, as well as a number of loops specific to Ruby. It even has a way to define you own types of loops.
Class variables in Ruby are more or less as you'd expect form an object oriented language. However, Ruby throws you a curveball you can use to your advantage.
Before we start coding, we take some time to look at the game of 2048.
Ruby 1.9 introduces the concept of a named capture group. These named groups can be defined at the beginning of a regexp statement using a trick that tells for the regexp engine to look for exactly 0 instances of the group. Later, the group can be recalled using the \g element, followed by the name of the group. You can think of named capture groups as subroutines inside of a regular expression.
RVM is the Ruby Version Manager. It allows you to install and manage several different versions and implementations of Ruby on one computer, including the ability to manage different sets of RubyGems one each.
While Apple does include both Ruby and Ruby on Rails by default with OS X, you'll need to install newer versions. This is a bit of a process, but thankfully you'll only need to get through this just once.
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Installing command line tools such a Git on Windows is often difficult. Not only do you have to find a Windows port or attempt to compile the tool yourself from C source code, you also have to deal with the Windows command line. The Windows command line is, to say the least, a little lacking. Windows users are in luck here though, the MSysGit project solves both these problems.
What does a + b mean? That all depends on what 'a' is. Ruby allows you to define a number of arithmetic operators and they're called on the left-hand side of any such expression.
Digraphs are extremely useful for hierarchical data visualization. However, they're not very easy to generate yourself. This is where Graphviz and the Graph gem come in.
If you're going to program in the Ruby language, there are some basic features you absolutely must know. Here are the Top 5.
What is the Ruby on Rails web framework?
Myth: Ruby is unsuitable for game development. It's much too slow, there are no good libraries and it's too hard to deploy your games written in Ruby.
Distributed Ruby, or DRb, is a library that allows you to communicate with remote Ruby objects and programs, using TCP/IP network protocols.
How to use Haml to create Sinatra views and layouts. Page 7.
Method visibility is crucial to implement proper encapsulation. Ruby provides ways to not only hide instance variables, but to hide instance methods as well.
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Reddit wouldn't be much without users. In this tutorial, we install Devise as our authentication solution and get ready to integrate it.
A comparison of Ruby to other programming languages, including Perl, Java, Python and PHP.
Benchmarking measures the time it takes to execute code and compares it to other code that accomplishes the same task. This is useful to see which is faster, and gives you the opportunity to use the faster code in your program.
I'm trying to modify a frozen string, but I keep getting this exception. Why?
Some problems seem difficult, there are just too many things to consider and it's going to become a mess. However, if you analyze it, there's often a single data structure that will make the whole thing easier.
Methods are very important in Ruby. You have probably used them before, but have you thought about how to really define them?
Hashes are an integral part of Ruby. You will (probably) never see a non-trivial Ruby program that does not use Hashes extensively.
Hashes aren't just data structures, they have a few tricks up their sleeves. And while you may never end up using any of these tricks, they really show off how flexible the Hash class is.
The release of Ruby 1.9.1 brings new features to be learned,among them are the changes in block variable scope. Learn the new syntax for block variable scope introduced in Ruby 1.9.1.
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I've always been a Vim person. Just give me a good solid editor and I'll take it from there. But I decided to give RubyMine a good honest try, and here's what I think about it.
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Exceptions are used to handle things the unexpected things that might go wrong with your Ruby code. This article addresses what Exceptions are and how they can be used.
A number guessing game is written, and each of its features explored.