Archive for February 2006

A treat for Ruby newbies

It’s been around for a couple of months now, but the Try Ruby! tutorial is one of the best online tutorials I think I’ve ever seen. Everyone wants to learn Ruby on Rails these days, but learning the basics of Ruby is a somewhat less glamorous task. And, let’s face it, learning the basics of a programming language via a command line doesn’t naturally lend itself to extremes of excitement.

Try Ruby! is the real deal, though. No how-to animations, code listings, half-baked simulations or endless pages of text descriptions. Here, you have a command line interface to play with:

Screenshot of command line Ruby tutorial

What’s so good about it? I reckon there are (at least) six main things:


I'm Stuart Church, a user experience consultant with Pure Usability in Bristol, UK. Sensorydrive is my personal blog and covers user experience design, information architecture, product design, psychology, research methods, perception and pretty much anything else that takes my fancy! You can find out a bit more about me if you want...