From Zero to Ruby – Update 1

I’ll start off by saying that  Ruby has taken a bit of a back seat to putting the finishing touches on this site over the least couple week.  Because the blog is built on top of WordPress most of stylistic touches end up being PHP on the server side. It’s been ages since I’ve used PHP, so it’s never bad to brush up, but as I’ve been going back and forth between it and Ruby, I will say that it is much less… friendly?  In either case I’ve been able to put together a couple cool pieces of code that, once I clean up, I’ll share.

So as far as progress on the Ruby front:

 Books & Lessons

Rails Best Practices (Code School) – I’ve had a Code School account for awhile, and I really enjoyed Rails for Zombies (1 & 2) so I more less picked up where I left off.


Arlington RUG – “Ruby on Audio” – A couple really cool presentations on using Ruby to create music.  Both presenters were great, but I will say Joel Straight’s Ruby Drum Machine may have stolen the show.

Relevant Links

100 Vim Commands Every Programmer Should Know – While not expressly Ruby related, I’ve been using Vim for the last 6 months or so as my primary text editor.  I’m decent with the commands, but I want to start working in a larger set of them for day-to-day use.

I hope to ramp up my Ruby intake over the next couple weeks now that the bones of this blog are in place.  More updates to come!

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