Ruby Day 1 – Seven Languages in Seven Weeks

My friend Timo recommended the book “Seven Languages in Seven Weeks” to me a couple of months ago. During my parental leave I’ve finally found time to read -and more important-  code the exercises.

The first language is Ruby. Ruby is object-oriented, dynamically and strongly typed. It supports duck typing and is a good fit for developing DSLs.

Mac OS X comes with Ruby 2.0.0-p648 preinstalled. A bit rusty but should work for the books content. The interactive console can be invoked with the command

$ irb


The famous Hello World is pretty simple:

puts 'Hello World!'

A loop can be constructed with while:

x = 0
while x < 10
  x = x + 1
  puts "This is sentence number #{x}"

For string extrapolation you have to use the double quotes.

Ruby has some nice string methods e.g. getting index of character sequences:

hello_ruby = "Hello Ruby!"
puts hello_ruby.index("Ruby")

A simple guessing game looks like this:

while true
  random_number = rand(10)
  puts "Guess the number!"
  while true
    guess = gets().to_i
    puts "Too low" if guess < random_number
    puts "too high" if guess > random_number
    if guess == random_number
      puts "Correct!"