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Ruby Programming Language Tutorial

Published 06/27/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Try Ruby gives users the opportunity to work with the programming language of the same name. The site provides some insight into what Ruby is and where it originated from. The user is presented with the interactive Ruby tool right at the top of the homepage. A 15 minute interactive tutorial is available that offers basic information on how to use Ruby. Users can also find additional simple commands below the interactive tool. The user’s work remains on the screen, even if they refresh or navigate away from Try Ruby. If the editor remains inactive for more than 10 minutes, the user’s work is cleared.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Try Ruby was created by Andrew McElroy. The application was intended to assist new Ruby users in learning the language and exploring its full potential. McElroy has added a number of basic, yet detailed tutorials and an editor tool that gives users a number of ways to familiarize themselves with Ruby. The creator included a note that states he created the application because he enjoyed helping others discover Ruby.

What are the differences to other apps?

Try Ruby is a tool intended to help users learn this language and explore its abilities. The application is free and further assists the user with a handful of valuable tutorials that describe how to use the language. There are many resources available to help internet users learn a new language, however Try Ruby combines both hands on practice with tutorial information.

How does the web app look and feel to use? greets newcomers with the interactive Ruby editor at the top, center of the page. The white background gently offsets the stylish three dimensional silver border that surrounds the editor. The top of the page announces the site name with a Ruby icon tucked into the upper, left hand corner. Below the editor, users can read more about what Ruby is and how it came to be. A black tab can be found along the right hand side of the homepage for users interested in donating to keep Try Ruby up and running.

How does the registration process work?

Visitors to the Try Ruby website are given access to all features as soon as they arrive. The site does not offer a registration feature. This is a good thing considering the application’s purpose. It is intended to serve as a basic tutorial for Ruby, and is strictly for practice and education. Users can return whenever they like to work through the tutorials provided by the site’s creator. The interactive Ruby editor tool will save the user’s input until 10 minutes of inactivity has passed.

What does it cost to use the application?

Try Ruby is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for using the application. The creator states he built the site to share his love of Ruby with others. Users can support Try Ruby by donating through Paypal if they want, however this is not a requirement. There are no donation minimums, either. The bottom of the donation page lists those who have donated, with amounts as low as one cent.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Try Ruby is a great tool for anyone interested in learning this language. The application is very easy to use and accessible to everyone. Users are not asked to pay anything and donations are optional.

  • Work through basic Ruby tutorials
  • Try Ruby with the interactive editor tool
  • Donate through Paypal to help support Try Ruby
  • See who else donated and how much was donated
  • Return to your work after refreshing or leaving the page (for up to 10 minutes)

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