This weekend I decided to takle both learning Ruby and working with AWS via the Ruby API. Having only played with both of these in the past, this presents two learning challenges at once. However, from past projects, this is how I learn best. I am somewhat familiar with AWS terms and once made a script in Python to fire up an instance. This was before Amazon came out with their management console, so I imagine things have come a long way since then (hopefully easier). I also played with Ruby for a while, but didn’t have a decent project for it. Having a project with goals will hopefully keep me on track and give me a way to measure my progress.
My goals for this project are as follows:
First off, I need to setup a ruby development environment. Since I have used PyCharm in the past, I will try JetBrain’s RubyMine for my editor environment. After installing this, the first thing I learned is that rails is not installed. I could install using apt-get, but Jetbrains recommends using [RVM]. It looks like a nice way to manage different versions of Ruby, rails, and gems. I know when I have installed Ruby applications requiring gems, gem versions was always a source of concern. It is very easy to get mismatched gem versions in the wild.
RVM install locally to ~/.rvm on linux, which is nice - you don’t mess up any system wide ruby installations and keep everything local to your development environment. After installation, I had to figure out a couple bits with rvm.
rvm install 1.9.2# installs ruby 1.9.2
rvm list# lists versions of ruby installed
rvm use 1.8.7# use ruby 1.8.7
First, your terminal has to be setup as a login shell. This tripped me up for a while until I changed the settings in my terminal emulator. [terminator] has this as checkmark option.
ytjohn@freshdesk:~$ rvm list rvm rubies ruby-1.8.7-p371 [ x86_64 ] ruby-1.9.2-p320 [ x86_64 ] # => - current # =* - current && default # * - default ytjohn@freshdesk:~$ rvm use 1.8.7 RVM is not a function, selecting rubies with 'rvm use ...' will not work. You need to change your terminal emulator preferences to allow login shell. Sometimes it is required to use `/bin/bash --login` as the command. Please visit https://rvm.io/integration/gnome-terminal/ for a example.
After switching to login
ytjohn@freshdesk:~$ rvm use 1.8.7 Using /home/ytjohn/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.8.7-p371
Finally, once you get ruby and rails working, you can create your rails project. I’m starting with a rails project because it’s “all the rage” and gives you a decent running start. Later, I’ll work on switching the supplied templates with boilerplate + bootstrap based ones.
This gets me started. Next up, I’ll actually create the project from within RubyMine and just work on basic web functionality.
[RVM]: [terminator]: http://software.jessies.org/terminator