Getting started with Ruby on Rails

Here is a very simple tutorial to get started : First 2 links on that page are a good start:

Rolling with Ruby on Rails :

Rolling with Ruby on Rails, Part 2 :

Points below are some issues I faced and how I resolved them. I installed Ruby with the one-click installer for Windows : This also installs gem which can be thought of as a package manager.

C:\Projects>gem install rails –remote
Install required dependency actionpack? [Yn]  Y
Install required dependency rack? [Yn]  Y
Install required dependency fcgi? [Yn]  Y
Building native extensions.  This could take a while…
ERROR:  While executing gem … (Gem::Installer::ExtensionBuildError)
    ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.

ruby extconf.rb install rails –remote
checking for fcgiapp.h… no
checking for fastcgi/fcgiapp.h… no
*** extconf.rb failed ***
Could not create Makefile due to some reason, probably lack of
necessary libraries and/or headers.  Check the mkmf.log file for more
details.  You may need configuration options.

Provided configuration options:

Gem files will remain installed in c:/ruby/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/fcgi-0.8.7 for
Results logged to c:/ruby/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/fcgi-0.8.7/ext/fcgi/gem_make.out

The problem was that the one click installer for the Ruby on Windows installs version 0.9.4 of gems. An update via

gem update –system

brings it up to 1.3.4 which then allows successful install.

C:\Documents and Settings\VSanzgiri>gem update –system
Updating RubyGems…
Attempting remote update of rubygems-update
Install required dependency session? [Yn]  Y
Install required dependency hoe-seattlerb? [Yn]  Y
Install required dependency hoe? [Yn]  Y
Install required dependency rubyforge? [Yn]  Y
Install required dependency minitest? [Yn]  Y
Install required dependency hoe? [Yn]  Y
Successfully installed rubygems-update-1.3.5
Successfully installed session-2.4.0
Successfully installed hoe-seattlerb-1.2.1
Successfully installed hoe-2.3.3
Successfully installed rubyforge-2.0.0
Successfully installed minitest-1.4.2
Successfully installed hoe-2.3.3
Installing ri documentation for rubygems-update-1.3.5…
Installing ri documentation for hoe-seattlerb-1.2.1…
Installing ri documentation for hoe-2.3.3…
Installing ri documentation for rubyforge-2.0.0…
Installing ri documentation for minitest-1.4.2…
Installing ri documentation for hoe-2.3.3…
Installing RDoc documentation for rubygems-update-1.3.5…
Could not find main page README
Could not find main page README
Could not find main page README
Could not find main page README
Installing RDoc documentation for hoe-seattlerb-1.2.1…
Installing RDoc documentation for hoe-2.3.3…
Installing RDoc documentation for rubyforge-2.0.0…
Installing RDoc documentation for minitest-1.4.2…
Installing RDoc documentation for hoe-2.3.3…
Updating version of RubyGems to 1.3.5
Installing RubyGems 1.3.5
RubyGems 1.3.5 installed

n++=== 1.3.5 / 2009-07-21

Bug fixes:

* Fix use of prerelease gems.
* Gem.bin_path no longer escapes path with spaces. Bug #25935 and #26458.

Deprecation Notices:

* Bulk index update is no longer supported (the code currently remains, but not
  the tests)
* Gem::manage_gems was removed in 1.3.3.
* Time::today was removed in 1.3.3.


RubyGems installed the following executables:

RubyGems system software updated


Then you may install rails:-

C:\Documents and Settings\VSanzgiri>gem install rails –remote
Successfully installed rack-1.0.0
Successfully installed actionpack-2.3.4
Successfully installed actionmailer-2.3.4
Successfully installed activeresource-2.3.4
Successfully installed rails-2.3.4
5 gems installed
Installing ri documentation for rack-1.0.0…
Installing ri documentation for actionpack-2.3.4…
Installing ri documentation for actionmailer-2.3.4…
Installing ri documentation for activeresource-2.3.4…
Installing ri documentation for rails-2.3.4…
Installing RDoc documentation for rack-1.0.0…
Installing RDoc documentation for actionpack-2.3.4…
Installing RDoc documentation for actionmailer-2.3.4…
Installing RDoc documentation for activeresource-2.3.4…
Installing RDoc documentation for rails-2.3.4…

The tutorial assumes you have installed sqlite3 adapter. If not then you will have to modify /cookbook/config/database.yml to point to mysql installation.


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