Emergent Web Technologies Spring 2009 Class 5

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This week we will cover a little bit of Microformats. Mostly to help with Google Maps data at this point. I also want to introduce the very basic elements of the Ruby language. Ruby is a great language by itself, but in this class I want to cover it in the context of server side scripting. In particular, we will cover the Ruby on Rails framework.

I want to keep this week's discussion focused solely on Ruby, without introducing any of the concepts Ruby on Rails brings in. I think it's important to know the basics of the language, before jumping into a wide ranging framework like Rails.


Presentation Slides

Microformat Links

Ruby Links

Reading Materials


If you're using OS X, you already have Ruby installed, but you may need to update it. Otherwise, you can install Ruby using one of the tools below.