Topic: IDE for Beginners....or not?
A bit of guidance here, please. I've decided to learn how to develop a database based website. As a recent convert to Mac, I was searching around for a web development framework and came to understand that RoR ships with OSX. While I was waiting for RoR for Dummies to arrive, I did several tutorials in Python to teach myself how to program. I've now done several Ruby tutorials and want to go on to the next step. This is where I am stuck. I looked at a couple rails tutorials and I could not quite get my head around it. I then started looking for an IDE thinking that this might help me to learn rails -- starting with RadRails on Elipse (Aptana). Big Mistake (a "this is more complicated than we thought" moment if there ever was one.) I gave it another try with textmate, but that too is way above me. After a couple weeks of head scratching and getting nowhere, I went back and learned basic HTML and some CSS which got me looking at editors again. There's not much support for database integration in these low end editors/frameworks and I'm hesitant to get started with and IDE that in itself has a steeper learning curve than Ruby or Rails. Any suggestions?