I’ve always wanted to learn a real programming language. The few times in the
past that I’ve tried have all been fruitless though. My brain just doesn’t work
when there’s too many complex structures going on at once. Even though I can
understand the logic behind certain parts it just won’t stick, which is a shame.
One of the reasons I think I like writing HTML and and especially CSS is that
the syntax is very visual and easy to read. You write
and what do you know, the background suddenly is red. With those two you don’t
have write a short novel just to get the command line to print a simple “Hello
Since this site is built with Jekyll I decided to really start learning
Ruby and I’m glad I did. The syntax is so simple
that it amazes me. Over the last few days I’ve experimented with it a lot and
even released a few simple scripts on GitHub.
One of those was inspired by a post I saw yesterday on
The article mentions how you can use Launchy to append
text to a text file, but I couldn’t get the
bat script they recommended to
properly work so I decided to just make a Ruby version of
it. The script looks like this
Right now it consists of just five lines of code. I could’ve even made it even
simpler by leaving out the use of YAML1 for the text file
configuration2. I really like having something like that though
since you don’t have to change the actual source code if you later decide to use
another text file. Now I just need to launch Launchy, type
whatever I want to append to the file and just hit
Enter to add something to
my spark file, which is even faster than launching the actually text file with
AutoHotKey like I mentioned in the previous blog
I found the book Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book extremely good. It explains a lot of stuff without getting too technically complex and with a perfect mix of humor. Another book I also found helpful and easy to understand was The Bastards Book of Ruby. I’ve also seen Learn Ruby The Hard Way and Learn To Program being mentioned quite a few times but so far I haven’t had time to check them out. Another tip is that you shouldn’t underestimate the power of Google and a thriving community. Stack Overflow is filled with a lot of answers for literally every single question you might have.
I still have a long way to go, but so far it’s been a really fun ride.