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Ruby Programming for Beginners teaches you how to code in just ten easy steps, using video lectures, an e-book, and more.

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DrTeeth Can all the course contents be downloaded and stored locally? Personally, I prefer local storage for purchased software.

DrT
Oct 21 2012 at 6:59am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne Yes, subscribers are able to download all the videos, the source code and the eBook.
Bitwise Courses - Oct 21 2012 at 8:25am Copy Link
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DrTeeth I may just take a punt on this one. Your articles in the UK mags were brilliant, though went right over my head - your reputation alone makes this a VERY tempting offer, irrespective of the language.

Is any support or advice offered? Either from your good self or is there a noobs' forum that you could recommend? I feel that this is important when learning something completely new - it can be very frustrating for a lack of a simple explanation to hold back one's progress.

BTW, the 'reply to the comment' link in the email from BdJ errored (404) to /software/ruby-programming-for-beginners/#comments51099.

Oct 21 2012 at 9:35am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne Ha! I'm tempted to quote you!!!

Thanks for the comments. There are comment forums on the course in general and every lesson so if you have questions you can ask them.

Yes, I noticed the BitsDuJour comment-link problem too. Suffice to say, I don't think you'll have similar problems adding comments to my course. ;-)

all the best
Huw
Bitwise Courses - Oct 21 2012 at 9:44am Copy Link
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DrTeeth I'm sold.
Oct 21 2012 at 10:34am Copy Link
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Stefan Hauber Will the follow-up course 'Expert Ruby' be offered on BDJ in a near future too?
Oct 23 2012 at 12:29am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne There are no plans to do so at present. Currently, however, I do have an offer on the 'Expert' course which is available to subscribers to the beginners' course so anyone who subscribes to this course will have the option to subscribe to the Expert course at a discount.
Bitwise Courses - Oct 23 2012 at 3:14am Copy Link
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Stephen Warkentien Why would one choose to learn Ruby over other programs? PERL, Python, Java,, etc. ?
Oct 23 2012 at 7:18am Copy Link
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Kenneth Youker I would be interested in an answer to that question myself. I`m going for my Bachelors in IT and am always looking for ways to advance.
Oct 23 2012 at 9:49am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne Personally, I think the greater your experience of different languages the better. Of the languages you mention, Ruby and Python are the closest to each other in the sense that they are both Object Oriented interpreted languages with an English-style syntax (more keywords and method names - not so many brackets) that are used for scripting, web development and are also good for exploring areas such as self-modifying programs (metaprogramming). I happen to know Ruby much better than I know Python. I wouldn't try to convince you that Ruby is better than Python, nor that it is better than Java or PERL. Each language has its own strengths and weaknesses. What I would say is that if you plan a career in IT, a knowledge of Ruby would be very useful, particularly if your previous experience is predominantly of the C-like languages (Java, C++, C#, even PHP to some degree). A good knowledge of a very deeply Object Oriented language such as Ruby would complement your knowledge of one of the C-like (less rigorously OOP) languages I mentioned earlier.

Best wishes
Huw
Bitwise Courses - Oct 23 2012 at 10:02am Copy Link
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Kenneth Youker I was leaning toward the same rational and agree with you.

Thanks
Ken
Oct 23 2012 at 10:15am Copy Link
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Matt Hello Huw, Can you tell me what is the total run time of your videos in hours and minutes? Thank you.
Oct 23 2012 at 10:52am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne I haven't got the exact timing to hand (the lessons are divided into lots of short videos each of which is generally between about 4 to 10 minutes in length). However, I've just checked with the course page on Udemy which says that in total the videos run to over 4 hours.
Bitwise Courses - Oct 23 2012 at 10:58am Copy Link
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Matt Thank you, Huw and thank you for the free pdf ebook!
Oct 23 2012 at 11:25am Copy Link
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Alexander Deliyannis I missed this the previous time, but I'm committed to getting it now; if it's anything like your columns in PC Plus I grew up with it will be brilliant :-)

Just a few questions:

- Is there any significant additional cost in delving into Ruby, e.g. in terms of paid programs, licenses etc.?
- Do you have any particular editing environment to propose? Ideally, it should be cross platform--I work with Windows and Linux. I wouldn't mind a moderate cost, i.e. around the discounted price of the course.
- Is the discount for Expert course still available for those who take the Beginners course?

(Excuse me if my questions sound rather naive; I've trained as an electrical engineer two decades ago, and have barely touched programming since, with the exception of simple HTML.)
Mar 4 2013 at 4:31am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne Thanks for the comment! :-)

The Ruby interpreter, libraries etc. are all free. You can follow the course using any Ruby-sensitive editor such as ActiveState's free Komodo Edit, so no, there are no additional paid-for requirements.

My own company produces a commercial Visual Studio-based IDE called Ruby In Steel (the 3rd version, due out soon, is called Sapphire). Naturally, I think this is the best! However, for cross-platform editing, Komodo is fine.

Subscribers to the Beginners Course are currently offered a substantial discount on the Advanced Course. You'll see the details once you subscribe!

Best wishes
Huw
Bitwise Courses - Mar 4 2013 at 4:48am Copy Link
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disenchanted A few questions:

1. is the videos all "streaming" or can they be downloaded for offline viewing?

2. How long can we access this course?
6 months?
1 year?
(I ask because I am currently doing another course online and it will be a month or so before I finish the other course and I could start this one.

Thanks for your time.
Mar 4 2013 at 9:07am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne 1. You have both options: online or downloaded.
2. Lifetime access. No time limit. :-)

Best wishes
Huw
Bitwise Courses - Mar 4 2013 at 9:41am Copy Link
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Brian Galletta I'm very much a beginner in programming. That being said, I'm very interested in the Ruby on Rails framework. Will this tutorial help or should I start somewhere else? Appreciate the help!
Mar 4 2013 at 10:14am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne I cover Rails very briefly. However, the focus of this course is firmly on Ruby programming. Many people embark upon using Rails without really knowing how to program Ruby. This course aims to teach you all the most important features of the Ruby language which you will need whether you use Ruby on its own or with a framework such as Rails. It does not cover the tools and conventions of Rails specifically, however.

Best wishes
Huw
Bitwise Courses - Mar 4 2013 at 10:32am Copy Link
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disenchanted Thanks Huw,

The course's "accessibility and usage terms" are very flexible and seem to be in the best interest of the customer/end user.
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Can't wait to get this.
Mar 5 2013 at 2:01am Copy Link
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Girvo Landar Hello Huw,

Please could you let me know how to download the course so that can easily use it on the move with poor internet access?

Thanks in advance..
Mar 7 2013 at 6:47am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne Each video can be downloaded as can the pdf ebook and the source code. You just go to a lecture and click the download icon (the downward-facing arrow) in the 'Materials' panel on the right.

Huw
Bitwise Courses - Mar 7 2013 at 7:17am Copy Link
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Petr I've been programming in Smalltalk, which is also an Object Oriented language, but has many, many tools. I am considering Ruby, but have some questions before purchasing your course and maybe Saphire. I would appreciate your responses:

#1. Are there class browsers in Ruby? in Saphire?
#2. Are there object inspectors in Ruby? in Saphire? (so i can inspect the state of objects)
#3. When debugging, can I halt execution, edit code in the debugger, then resume execution?
#4. Are there tools to give me a list of all 'senders' of a message (all methods that have a certain method, e.g. print)
#5. Are there tools to give me a list of all implementors of a message (method). For example, if the 'print' method is implemented in 20 classes, I want to see a list of all implementations along with the source code, also for polymorphic or subclassed methods that over-ride higher implmentations of 'print'

One of the attractions of Ruby is my need to use Visual Studio for my next project. I cringe when thinking about using C#. As Smalltalk is not available in VS, I'm thinking Ruby in Steel (Saphire). I'm hoping Ruby can be as powerful as Smalltalk?
Mar 7 2013 at 8:59am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne Bear in mind that Ruby, unlike Smalltalk, is a 'standalone' language that has no default environment. In that respect, it is perhaps a bit more like Little Smalltalk (which I recall from many years ago back in the days when I was using Smalltalk V). In terms of the support that my company's IDE, Ruby In Steel, provides, you will find more info here: http://www.sapphiresteel....r-Overview

Let me check on the details we currently have available on Sapphire (which will be the successor to Ruby In Steel). I don't want to announce any details that are not yet in the public domain. I'll try to give you a bit more information shortly.
Bitwise Courses - Mar 7 2013 at 10:04am Copy Link
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Girvo Landar Thank you Huw.

This is superb teaching, and has also introduced me to Udemy (the platform). Your material and introduction is just what I needed, and what a fabulous teaching voice.

If there is anyone in doubt out there then 'go for it'.
Mar 7 2013 at 10:11am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne Many thanks for the very nice comments, Girvo! :-)
Bitwise Courses - Mar 7 2013 at 10:13am Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale Great News! SapphireSteel Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 8 2013 at 12:11am Copy Link
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D T Darn, I missed the original 75% off, and I just missed the 50% off. Any chance of getting this extended for today? I'll buy it if so.
Apr 17 2013 at 7:56am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne There's a big button at the top of this page that says 51% off. Click that. When it takes you to the signup page, add a '2' to the end of the URL - that is, so the final bit of the url is BDJLEARNRUBY2 - that should get you the discount again. This is only valid until the 29th of April however.
Bitwise Courses - Apr 17 2013 at 8:43am Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @D T - We have just contacted the vendor to see if he wants to extend the EveryDay deal.
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 17 2013 at 8:43am Copy Link
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D T Thanks. After making a public declaration, I guess I had to follow through this time.

I'm in.
Apr 17 2013 at 10:30am Copy Link
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disenchanted I have signed up for a couple of the Udemy courses in the past.

A few nice things about Udemy:

- access to the training you buy is normally "lifetime access".
No 30-day or 60-day (or ???-day) access time frames.

- once you are on their email list, you get some other "killer deals" from other Udemy authors and/or subjects.

- sometimes the prices on courses are so low that you sign up for too many of them.
Sep 12 2013 at 3:14pm Copy Link
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mix624 Hi,

Can Ruby programming be used to build Wordpress plugins OR small
wordpress applications that can handle databases ?

Mike
Sep 17 2013 at 3:32pm Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne In principle, yes. See here: http://doubleninja.wordpr...y-awesome/

But this would not be a simple project and I personally have no experience of attempting to do this.

Huw
Bitwise Courses - Sep 18 2013 at 2:31am Copy Link
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DroidLuvr GREAT DEAL! I bought this last time it was here (in September...) and I just want to say what a great course this is - especially for beginners!! It is really clear and understandable and Huw is fantastic about continually adding new things to the course, as well as answering students' questions very promptly.

I must admit to still not having finished it due to other priorities, but that's where the lifetime access is such a great part of this offer :-) Everytime I go back to it, there is more information there to help!!
Feb 6 2014 at 11:49am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne Thank you so much for the kind comments. I'm glad you have found the course useful.

Best wishes
Huw
Bitwise Courses - Feb 6 2014 at 2:26pm Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale Great News! SapphireSteel Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 7 2014 at 12:11am Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @VLM - Please check this page:
http://www.sapphiresteel....ts/Support
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 8 2014 at 12:09am Copy Link
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VLM What's the best way to send in a customer service request to the vendor, so I don't clog up the conversation here?
Feb 8 2014 at 12:14am Copy Link
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Chas Brown Was all set to order this, until I realized that there is NOT a hardcopy book titled "Ruby Programming for Beginners". (Not simply an ebook.) Ah well. . . .
Feb 8 2014 at 12:28am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne It is a multimedia course. Mostly videos plus a source code archive. The eBook is provided as the course text.

Best wishes
Huw
Bitwise Courses - Feb 8 2014 at 2:55am Copy Link
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VLM Fine Print says "support is not provided". Is this correct? I mean, if someone has a question, if something in the material seems unclear, or if a video doesn't play, or whatever may happen, is there really NO support at all? Or is the intent here merely to say, "You don't get a live instructor," which of course makes perfect sense. :)
Feb 8 2014 at 10:15am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne Are you talking about Ruby In Steel or about the Ruby For Beginners course on Udemy? The commercial edition of Ruby In Steel is supported on our forum. We don't provide one-to-one support for the free product. The Ruby course has two levels of support - relevant programming questions may be asked in the discussion pages. Technical support relating to the video playback or similar issues is provided direct by the technical support staff at Udemy.

Best wishes
Huw
Bitwise Courses - Feb 8 2014 at 10:23am Copy Link
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Huw Collingbourne I think you may be referring to the Bits du Jour 'Fine Print'. This indicates that the vendor (me in this case) does not provide technical support. It's a standard clause which normally applies to software deals and is not really relevant to a web-hosted course such as this. Your main line of support would be direct to Udemy and this can be accessed here: http://support.udemy.com/
Bitwise Courses - Feb 8 2014 at 10:29am Copy Link
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Techtoysavvy I'm in.
Already bought Sapphire 3 but never opened it yet.
Time for an old dog to learn new tricks.
By old ... I mean Fortran on punch cards.
Nov 14 2014 at 9:56pm Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale Great News! SapphireSteel Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 15 2014 at 12:11am Copy Link
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Myrna Larson 'Ruby' is a new language? Is it similar to C, Java, Visual Basic?
Nov 15 2014 at 7:10am Copy Link
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