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...