Starting Ruby development – Day 1 – Install Ruby and Aptana IDE

In the following days I will cover how you can quick start your Ruby learning. Today we will start with Ruby installation and IDE setup.

The first thing you need is a decent IDE so that you can quickly try out Ruby programs. Ruby installation comes with command line tools such as “irb”. But for any real development, a good IDE is necessary. In this example, I will use Aptana IDE which is based on RadRails.

Step 1 : Download and install latest Ruby release.

Step 2: Download and install Aptana IDE.

Step 3: From Aptana IDE, install Ruby extensions (you can exclude rails extensions for faster install). From Aptana, click on Help->Software Updates->Find and Install->Search for new features for install.

Step 4 : Create a Ruby project from Aptana IDE. You can keep all the sample Ruby programs you write here.

Step 5: Write the following sample code in file named “HelloWorld.rb” and click on “Run HelloWorld.rb”. You should see your first Ruby program output!

class HelloWorld
  def doHello()
    puts "Hello World"

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