Sounds like what I had trouble with (regarding Python) hated the indentations, especially when porting from Python 2 - 3 what a nightmare
For an IDE (if you are using OS X) I'd suggest Textmate, it has everything you could possibly want (C, C++, Python, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, PHP, Perl, etc) it costs about £40 ($60 ish) but is well worth it. As for Ruby version, 1.8.7 works great with Rails and is the prefered version. I use 1.86 (or .7) on Snow Leopard and the same on Linux I think, though personally, I'd always prefer to go with the most stable and newest version (being 1.9.1).
--- On Tue, 6/10/09, Rajinder Yadav <devguy...@gmail.com> wrote:
From: Rajinder Yadav <devguy...@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Ruby for the wrong reason
To: "ruby-talk ML" <ruby-t...@ruby-lang.org>
Date: Tuesday, 6 October, 2009, 4:14 AM
> A few months ago, I started learning Python - my first language for a
> project I want to do (personal) which will involve several facets
> including MySql/postgres database and gui frontend I need to create on
> windows xp. So I started this in python and I use Eric 4 ide.
> At the time I had no knowledge and tossed up between Ruby and Python,
> I chose python because I thought it had been around longer so may be
> more mature.
I went through this same process, even tried learning Perl which I disliked, tasted like I chalk in my mouth. Being a C++ developer, Ruby was my natural choice (front runner). Python lost me because I thought it was just stupid to only have indentations to declare code blocks. Other Python users told me I would overcome this. Someone did a good job of trying to sell me Python + Django as the way to go. So even though Ruby was more fun and felt natural to me, I still struggled with what to go with.
In the end I didn't pick Ruby, Ruby picked me. I just when with what felt good to me and then the rest didn't matter what was better.
There are never no wrong reasons, it's better to explore and then go with the flow for what feels good to you, not someone else.
> So why Ruby now, well honestly my 3rd daughter has been born two days
> ago Ruby Jean, why would I program Python when my daughter is Ruby?
> My question would Eric4 still be a good choice for Ide in Ruby, code
> completion, highlighting(syntax) and debugging would be required in
Someone was capturing the various IDE in a spreadsheet, I don't have that email around...possibly they will reply with the link soon =)
But I suggest you take a look at Aptana, it's got everything you need and it will also allow you to create Rails applications.
Enjoy and save the python for the wife
> Secondly I found capturing the date input from a console in python to
> be a little long winded, below is the script I wrote in python would
> this be significantly easier in Ruby.
> Which version of Ruby should I use 1.8.6, 1.9.1 or a preview version
> of 1.9.2?
> My python script to capture date input and check for errors.
> import datetime as dt
> def ObtainDate():
> while not isValid:
> userIn = raw_input("Type Date dd/mm/yy: ")
> try: # strptime throws an exception if the input doesn't match
> the pattern
> d1 = dt.datetime.strptime(userIn, "%d/%m/%y")
> print d1, type(d1) # 2003-07-15 00:00:00 <type
> "convert datetime object to a 10 character string"
> d2 = str(d1)[:10]
> print d2, type(d2) # 2003-07-15 <type 'str'>
> print "Try again! dd/mm/yy\n"
> Fname = "data.dat"
> newFname = d2 + Fname
> return newFname
> print ObtainDate()
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