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To teach you Ruby we are going to explain the basic building blocks used in the Ruby language and allow you reinforce what you've learned through challenges.

When you have completed this curriculum you should understand:

  • The command line and why we use it
  • How to run your Ruby code interactively (irb) or from a file
  • Simple types like numbers, strings, and booleans
  • Data structures like arrays and hashes
  • Object concepts like Classes


We're going to be working with:

  • Ruby
  • A command line program
  • A text editor of your choice

Everything should be set up the night before during our Installfest. Please ensure you have everything working before you show up for the workshop.

You can verify that you have everything working by trying this out in your terminal:

$ irb
>> 1 + 2
=> 3

If you can do that, you are probably good to go.


Each lesson will look like this:

Step Title


Description of the current step.

Red because big goals are scary.


steps to take.
def code_to_write
  1 + 1

Yellow because we've gotten it done, but we have no clue what's going on.


A list of activities to try to reinforce the concepts learned in the lesson

Orange because it stimulates the brain by increasing its oxygen supply.


Details of what the steps actually did... spell out the cause and effect.

Green because we can tie everything together now.

Next Step: