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Chapter 1. Starting Up Ruby on Rails

Chapter 1. Starting Up Ruby on Rails

Before you can use Rails, you have to install it. Even if it’s already installed on your computer, or you opt to use a web-based development environment, there are a few things you’ll need to do to make it actually do something visible. In this chapter, we’ll take a look at some ways of installing Ruby, Rails, and the supporting infrastructure, and get a first, rather trivial project up and running.

To get you started, we’ll set up three different environments for running Rails: Heroku (the fastest option for getting started, which lets you develop applications online), Instant Rails on Windows, and the classic command-line version. Feel very welcome to jump to whatever pieces of this section interest you and skip past those that don’t. Once the software is working, we’ll generate the basic Rails application, which will at least let you know if Rails is working.


  

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