The Steampunk Vicar

A Presbyterian Pastor on Neo-Victoriana and American Faith

Category: Concerning Code

Primer Codicoris

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Friends and Neighbours, members of the Mind Enhived, I crave your Indulgence. As some of you may know. I have been embarked on the Study of various Languages for the Programming of Electro-Differential Engines, notably the Grammars of Pythonidae and Carbunculus (better known to the illiterati as Python and Ruby). At this latest Juncture, I found I’ve hit something of a Wall, and am not sure how next to proceed.

The Academy of Code

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My first entre point into the Field of modern Coding was provided by Codecademy, who I highly recommend. Beyond the charming portmanteau of their name, their Primers on HyperText Markup Language (HTML, I am informed) and Cascading Style Sheets, as well as my first Foray into Ruby, were exceptionally good. The in-place Development Environment for Ruby was particularly helpful, and I feel that I’ve an excellent Groundwork, now.

Unfortunately, the next in their Succession of Projects is the Pursuit of Ruby upon Rails. I cannot begin to state my Excitement to learn this Skillset – for what red-blooded Victorian Man loves not Gemstones upon Locomotive Tracks? – but, alas – my Place of Employment does not support their Development Environment, and I was swiftly swamped by their Implementation.

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Sisyphus

Gentlemen, this is my Mountain. Find your own Hill to endlessly push a Rock up.

My next Endeavour was Learn Ruby the Hard Way, which has the Virtue of Honesty about it. Twelve Lessons in, I discovered that, indeed, the Gelatin of Ruby had been so compressed by these Methods that I was able to, successfully and independently, create my own Program of Interest to myself.

Sadly, I have now reached the Termination of the free (as in, free tea) Portion of the lessons. For nominally similar Fees, these two Web Sites will joyously offer me prodigious Excesses of increased Content – Codecademy in monthly Payments, Learn Ruby the Hard Way in a single one.

My Query to you all, wise Denizens of the Internet, linked in Mind by Optical Fibres and Aethernet – which of these should I pursue? Codecademy? Learn Ruby the Hard Way? Or some other Option I’ve not yet discovered?

The Floor is open, Friends. What think you?

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Ruby

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Ave, Munde!

In the Interstices between Tasks in my current Employment, I am learning certain arcane and occult Arts. I have found an √¶theric Academy and a sort of Forum for the Provision of differential Codes, and am embarking to learn what Needs must. In the near Term, I’ve a few Projects which would be greatly facilitated by Electromechanical Automation – in the more distant Future, I think it wise, even at the Expense of taking up an ungenteel Occupation, to diversify the Waterways of my Income.

In particular, I have been Amused and Fascinated by the extreme Persnickitiness of the various linguae programmantes. Such Peccadilloes as misplaced Punctuation, improper Capitals, even erroneous White Space can put my various Soft Wares into intolerable Fits of the Vapours!

Even so, slowly and surely, I feel as though I am approaching, if not Mastery, then certainly the Capability to achieve my – admittedly simple – Objectives. When I am aware that the Amount of Time that I spend acquiring Numbers and performing various mathematical Operations upon them could be vastly streamlined, I cannot but look to see how this Same might be Reached.

For the Nonce, I merely say to all the spinning Orb,

print “Ave, Munde!”

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