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There's no doubt that right now Ruby is generating a lot of buzz in the developer community. This is mainly attributed to the Ruby on Rails framework, but if we dig deeper, it becomes quite obvious that the power of Rails is derived from the language in which it was written.

While Ruby's documentation is at a point now where beginners can start digging in and learning quite rapidly, there appears to be a learning curve with developers coming from other languages. Ruby is a language that took the best ideas from many languages such as Perl, Lisp, Smalltalk, and others, and while some syntax is immediately familiar to a PHP developer, the more you really unlock the power of the language, the less it looks like anything we've seen before.

My goal is not to write a full tutorial on the language, but to be a starting point for PHP developers to both get a feel for the syntax, and to see why Ruby might be worth a look. For further reading about the language, I recommend reading the following: Why's (poignant) guide to Ruby, Programming Ruby, or Try Ruby!.

The beautiful thing about ruby is that it gives the programmer a lot of freedom to program however you choose. This means a PHP developer can jump right in and start programming in a way that is familiar to them.

I'll start with some language basics.



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