Learning Ruby: Syntax (Part 1)

I’ve meaning to learn Ruby for some time now.

Especially, when I dabbled from time to time in Elixir, I felt that knowing Ruby may be an advantage (since Elixir syntax similar to Ruby)

No one learns (I think) Ruby just for the language. They learn it so that they can use Ruby on Rails (RoR as popularly known) RoR, in case you don’t know, is the Web framework. Like Django in Python land. But there are a lot of web frameworks like Flask, Pyramid, FastAPI to name some.

I know of Sinatra - I think it is like Flask, but I could be wrong.

Rails seems to have great documentation.

Ruby on the other hand, sends you to third party sources, at least one of them no longer exist or unreachable.

I started with Learn X in Y minutes. This is a great place to get familiar with syntax.

I understand that knowing the syntax is just the first step. Step that must be taken before knowing more.

Coming from Python, here are some of the differences I noticed.

1.+(3) #=> 4
10.* 5 #=> 50

Luckily, we don’t have to always use this awkward method. Normal 1+3 also works 😆

nil.class #=> NilClass
true.class #=> TrueClass
false.class #=> FalseClass
%w[foo bar baz] #=> ["foo", "bar", "baz"]
# Hashes are Ruby's primary dictionary with key/value pairs.
hash = { 'color' => 'green', 'number' => 5 }
hash = { :defcon => 3, :action => true }
hash.keys #=> [:defcon, :action]

hash = { defcon: 3, action: true }
hash.keys #=> [:defcon, :action]

more tomorrow … 💤