Chapter 6

Programming with Ruby and Python

In This Chapter

arrow Discovering what Ruby and Python do

arrow Checking out Ruby and Python code

arrow Choosing a programming language to learn first

The sooner you start to code, the longer the program will take.

Roy Carlson

Ruby and Python are server-side programming languages that allow developers to create complex applications and web experiences. HTML, CSS, and JavaScript have been used to display static information to users, but could not store user data after the user navigates away from the page or closes the browser. Using Ruby or Python, user information can be stored centrally, and then programmers can customize the information shown to users on the website.

In this chapter you learn the basics of using languages such as Ruby and Python, you write some simple code, and you discover resources to learn more advanced Ruby and Python topics.

Introducing Ruby and Python

Ruby is a general-purpose programming language typically used for web development. The programming language makes it easy to create, update, store, and retrieve data in a database. For example, suppose you want to create a social networking website like Twitter. The content you ...

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