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Can’t start at the beginning

January 28, 2012

This blog will mainly be about my attempt to learn Ruby on Rails and the mayhem that will follow. After working in interactive jobs for over a decade, mainly on front end design/dev, I have decided to attempt a more technical pursuit. I am a couple of weeks into this process, so I can’t start at the beginning. Here is what I have gone through in my first couple of weeks:

I am working on Windows 7 for the time being, so to start I had to choose my tools and install everything. I am using Cygwin for command line stuff and pspad for my text editor. I have encountered a few issues with installing and configuring Cygwin, but everything is working fine now.

Initially I found a couple of pages that gave ideas on the ‘best’ way to learn RoR. The Best Way to Learn Rails by Ian Murray and Best Way to Learn Ruby & Rails by Aston J. These are both informative pages pointing you to many available resources for learning RonR.

I started with Learn to Program by Chris Pine, which is a nice straightforward introduction to Ruby. I got most of the way through and now I have moved to Ruby on Rails Tutorial by Michael Hartl. This book was also available at my local library so I have the hard copy as well. Currently I am on Chapter 3 and have encountered an error in Cygwin that I have to figure out before I can move on.

The error while trying to generate a pages controller:


$ rails generate controller Pages home contact
cygwin warning:
MS-DOS style path detected: C:\ProgramData/gemrc
Preferred POSIX equivalent is: /cygdrive/c/ProgramData/gemrc
CYGWIN environment variable option
"nodosfilewarning" turns off this warning. Consult the user's guide for more details about POSIX paths: http://cygwin.com/cygwin-ug-net/using.html#using-pathnames

(I was able to get rid of this error message. Read this post about nodofilewarning).

Next post I will discuss how I solved this problem. But for now I am heading to Eureka Springs with my family and will be back tomorrow evening. Bet.

 

 

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