Chapter 1. Bootstrapping your Ruby literacy

This chapter covers
  • A Ruby syntax survival kit
  • Writing, saving, running, and error-checking programs
  • A tour of the Ruby installation
  • The mechanics of Ruby extensions
  • Ruby’s command-line tools such as irb and rake

This book will give you a foundation in Ruby, and this chapter will give your foundation a foundation. The goal of the chapter is to bootstrap you into the study of Ruby with enough knowledge and skill to proceed comfortably into what lies beyond.

We’ll look at basic Ruby syntax and techniques and at how Ruby works: what you do when you write a program, how you get Ruby to run your program, and how you split a program into more than one file. You’ll learn several ...

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