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For 2021 - online Python 3 training - see ((here)).

Our plans were to retire in summer 2020 and see the world, but Coronavirus has lead us into a lot of lockdown programming in Python 3 and PHP 7.
We can now offer tailored online training - small groups, real tutors - works really well for groups of 4 to 14 delegates. Anywhere in the world; course language English.

Please ask about private 'maintenance' training for Python 2, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, etc.
Learning to program in Ruby - examples of the programming basics

We so often overlook the basics of programming, and yet they are so fundamental to good code - understanding things like how widely variables can be seen (also known as variable scope), what happens when you divide two numbers (do you get a decimal result or is the remainder thrown away), and how do you name a block of code and re-use it to avoid having to duplicate code and later maintainance work.

On yesterday's Ruby course, I produced a series of example of many of the basics and I have uploaded them on to our web site for you to take a look through if you wish. I have tried to avoid the temptation of "I'll just add something to show xxx" in these examples - the wood should not get lost in the trees!

[link] Prompt, read from user, calculate, output in Ruby

[link] Use of intermediate variables

[link] Use of intermediate variables - alternative

[link] Easier output formatting

[link] Calculations within double quotes

[link] if, elsif and else illustrated

[link] while, until and for loops - comparison

[link] finding extreme values from a collection

[link] Summing a collection

[link] Putting common code in a name block (function)

[link] Define class, create and use instances of it

[link] Use of 'self' in Ruby

[link] Calling program to access class in another file ...

[link] ... and that sample class in its own file

We offer two public Ruby courses - Learning to program in Ruby for newcomers to programming, and Ruby Programming for those with prior programming experience in another language. Public courses run at our Well House Manor training centre in Melksham, Wiltshire, England. These are niche courses - we offer residential facilities to full hotel standard, and can help with delegates travel arrangements too.
(written 2009-07-15)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
R104 - Ruby - Control Structures
  [960] 1st, 2nd, 3rd revisited in Ruby - (2006-12-02)
  [962] Breaking a loop - Ruby and other languages - (2006-12-03)
  [985] Equality in Ruby - == eql? and equal? - (2006-12-14)
  [995] Ruby's case - no break - (2006-12-17)
  [1163] A better alternative to cutting and pasting code - (2007-04-26)
  [1220] for loop - how it works (Perl, PHP, Java, C, etc) - (2007-06-06)
  [1582] Ruby, C, Java and more - getting out of loops - (2008-03-19)
  [1587] Some Ruby programming examples from our course - (2008-03-21)
  [1696] Saying NOT in Perl, PHP, Python, Lua ... - (2008-07-04)
  [1738] Clean code, jump free (Example in Lua) - (2008-08-06)
  [1870] What to do with a huge crop of apples - (2008-11-04)
  [1887] Ruby Programming Course - Saturday and Sunday - (2008-11-16)
  [1891] Ruby to access web services - (2008-11-16)
  [1904] Ruby, Perl, Linux, MySQL - some training notes - (2008-11-23)
  [2471] A short form of if ... then ... else - (2009-10-23)
  [2619] Passing code to procedures and yield in Ruby - (2010-02-02)
  [2711] For loop - checked once, or evety time? Ruby v Perl comparison and contrast - (2010-04-07)
  [2892] Alternative loops and conditionals in Ruby and Perl - (2010-07-28)
  [2975] Why do I need brackets in Ruby ... or Perl, Python, C or Java - (2010-09-29)
  [3156] Splitting data reading code from data processing code - Ruby - (2011-02-04)
  [3158] Ruby training - some fresh examples for string handling applications - (2011-02-05)
  [3159] Returning multiple values from a function call in various languages - a comparison - (2011-02-06)
  [3200] How a for loop works Java, Perl and other languages - (2011-03-12)
  [3253] Is this number between? Does this list include? - Ruby - (2011-04-18)
  [3254] Multiple inputs, multiple out, ruby functions - (2011-04-19)
  [3397] Does a for loop evaluate its end condition once, or on every iteration? - (2011-08-18)
  [3422] Assigning values to variables within other statements - Ruby - (2011-09-07)
  [3619] Ruby v Perl - a comparison example - (2012-02-21)
  [3620] Finding the total, average, minimum and maximum in a program - (2012-02-22)
  [3769] Muttable v immutable and implications - Ruby - (2012-06-20)
  [4322] Learning to Program - the conditional statement (if) - (2014-11-21)
  [4323] Learning to program - Loop statements such as while - (2014-11-22)
  [4370] Conditionals, loops and methods in Ruby - a primer with simple examples - (2014-12-29)
  [4402] Finding sum, minimum, maximum and average in Python (and Ruby) - (2015-01-19)
  [4503] Separating your code for easier testing, understanding and re-use; example in Ruby - (2015-06-02)
  [4504] Where does Ruby load modules from, and how to load from current directory - (2015-06-03)
  [4674] Alternating valuses / flip-flop / toggle - example in Ruby - (2016-05-17)

R103 - Basic Ruby Language Elements
  [986] puts - opposite of chomp in Ruby - (2006-12-15)
  [2296] Variable scope - what is it, and how does it Ruby? - (2009-07-18)
  [2613] Constants in Ruby - (2010-02-01)
  [2617] Comparing floating point numbers - a word of caution and a solution - (2010-02-01)
  [3278] Do I need to initialise variables - programming in C, C++, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby or Java. - (2011-05-05)
  [3430] Sigils - the characters on the start of variable names in Perl, Ruby and Fortran - (2011-09-10)
  [3758] Ruby - standard operators are overloaded. Perl - they are not - (2012-06-09)
  [3917] BODMAS - the order a computer evaluates arithmetic expressions - (2012-11-09)
  [4324] Learning to program - variables and constants - (2014-11-22)
  [4369] Ruby - the second rung of learning the language - (2014-12-28)

R102 - Hello Ruby Objects
  [2603] Ruby objects - a primer - (2010-01-29)
  [4009] Clear, concise examples - Ruby classes and objects. - (2013-02-17)
  [4580] Easy example - data record to object and object to data record mapping in Ruby - (2015-11-21)
  [4581] Thin application, thick objects - keep you main code simple. Example in Ruby - (2015-11-21)
  [4673] Separating detailed data code from the main application - Ruby example - (2016-05-16)

R101 - Ruby - Introduction
  [550] 2006 - Making business a pleasure - (2006-01-01)
  [664] Ruby course - oops - it's not happening - (2006-04-01)
  [1027] Cue the music, I'm happy. - (2007-01-09)
  [1041] Learnt in London - Ruby, Martini, Coral and the Core - (2007-01-17)
  [1302] Ruby, Ruby, Ruby. Rails, Rails, Rails. - (2007-08-13)
  [1375] Python v Ruby - (2007-10-02)
  [2286] New to programming? It is natural (but needless) for you to be nervous - (2009-07-14)
  [2607] Answers on Ruby on Rails - (2010-01-30)
  [4498] Ruby - where one statement ends and the next begins - (2015-05-26)


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