Topic: A basic Ruby-lang tutorial & an up-to-date Rails book requested

I've been reading Build Your Own Ruby On Rails Applications but got tired of stuff not working because Rails has been updated now. Also I never really learned Ruby as there were no exercises or anything like that. Those two things combined makes it meaningless to continue reading the book.

I think it would be better learning Ruby first, as it is quite different from C/C++/Java which I've programmed in before. Just a few small programs to learn the syntax, method calling, loops, blocks etc etc. I think the whole Rails thing will be much easier to grasp after having done that.

So any good Ruby tutorials out there demonstrating the language, Ruby vs Java would be great, but not just the differences listed because I still need to get something running. I use OSX.

And then an updated book on Rails 2.0 would be good, if that exists at all...

Re: A basic Ruby-lang tutorial & an up-to-date Rails book requested

I use 'The Ruby Way' for Ruby and 'The Rails Way' for Rails. I believe that is the only book on Rails covering Rails 2.0
The online documentation for Ruby at http://www.ruby-doc.org/core/ and for Rails at http://api.rubyonrails.org serves as a great reference.

Re: A basic Ruby-lang tutorial & an up-to-date Rails book requested

I contacted pragmatic programmers and they told me to stay tuned because a new edition is coming soon. Instead of waiting, I'm just going to install rails 1.2.6 and learn that and then just update my knowledge for 2.0.2