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Using – Ruby Version Manager (RVM)

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve just completed a new article called “Using – Ruby Version Manager RVM” which will be another article that I’ll refresh, change and update on a regular basis.  Ruby Version Manager (RVM) is one of the best tools to use when you do Ruby Development seeing that it allows you to run multiple versions of Ruby and Gems together and to switch between these environments in an easy and straightforward way.  The idea behind RVM is to have a sand-boxed environment that does not affect your system installs and can be dumped and recreated ad-hoc without having to worry that you’ll be breaking things on your system.  By way of Gem Sets it also allows you to weave different Rubies together using different Gems.  In all it’s an extremely powerful tool and in my upcoming article where I’ll be going into the use of Bundler and how you can use this powerful Gem with RVM, you should start seeing some of the more powerful management tools at work.

I’ve found RVM to be a life saver and can’t really imagine writing code in Ruby without it.  When you start mixing in some of the other tools like Bundler, you’ll see how the power of Ruby and these tools come to life.  I hope you enjoy it and that you learn something from the article and if you have feedback on the matter or if you would like me to explore certain point in more detail, please let me know.

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Ruby and some updates

November 4, 2010 2 comments

So, I’ve been quite busy learning some new things in the last couple of weeks which is why I haven’t been blogging or writing articles.  Amongst the things that I’ve been busy with is writing some articles for Code Project which I’m hoping to publish in the next month or so.  Some of the other things I’ve been busy with is playing with Ruby and the toolkits currently available in that space.  Coming from a Java/C# background it’s been quite an experience jumping into the declarative dynamic world of Ruby and I must say that the more I play with it the more I’m starting to enjoy it.  So, my setup is something like the article that you’ll be able to find on this site here.  In the quest of learning more and more technologies and writing these articles I’ve come to appreciate the ability to slow down (in my private time) and to really think about what I’ve been doing and how all this newly found knowledge will affect my trend of thought and the way that I go forward in development and technology.  As I state somewhere on this site, it’s all about using the right tool for the right job.  Just because I’m a C# developer with a Java background doesn’t mean that those are always the right tools to get things done.  Yes you may be able to do anything in your chosen technology, but does that allow you to really understand the problem you’re trying to solve or does it really make the Technology you use and the constraints it introduces your main focal point.  As I’ve learned, the more you know, the less constrained you are by what you don’t know…  Maybe ignorance is bliss and we should simply continue in the way that we always have, but then where’s the fun in that right?  🙂

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