Ruby is an object-oriented scripting language originally developed in 1993 to run on UNIX. However, it has since been ported to many other popular operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Ruby is distributed under an open-source license, allowing anyone to freely install and use it. In this chapter, you will learn background information required to begin working with Ruby and to use it to create and execute Ruby scripts. You will also learn how to use Ruby to create the first of a number of computer games presented in this book.
Specifically, you will learn:
Basic information about Ruby and its capabilities
How to determine if Ruby is already installed on your computer
How to install Ruby on your ...