15 Things for a Ruby Beginner
The following is a post I had recently sent the Bangalore Ruby User Group. It has been slightly modified to address a larger audience. There were many Ruby beginners in last week's meetup, and the common question we heard was 'after the very basics, what next?' The best way to learn Ruby best practices is to pair with an experienced dev; the way I learned was by inheriting a reasonably small, but well-written codebase from an amazing colleague. In the absence of either, here is a checklist of 15 things (since 'N things that you need to know about X' is the in-thing these days!) that I'd recommend a Ruby beginner to consider: 1. Our very own rubymonk.com has a Ruby primer which was written for exactly this purpose; we open our inbox everyday to gushing feedback from people who've found it to be a great way to learn Ruby. tryruby.org also has a basic introduction to Ruby, and has been around longer. I have heard good things about Learn Ruby the Hardway, but haven't tried it out myself. 2.
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