Win a copy of Transfer Learning for Natural Language Processing (MEAP) this week in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
programming forums Java Mobile Certification Databases Caching Books Engineering Micro Controllers OS Languages Paradigms IDEs Build Tools Frameworks Application Servers Open Source This Site Careers Other all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
Marshals:
  • Campbell Ritchie
  • Tim Cooke
  • Paul Clapham
  • Devaka Cooray
  • Bear Bibeault
Sheriffs:
  • Junilu Lacar
  • Knute Snortum
  • Liutauras Vilda
Saloon Keepers:
  • Ron McLeod
  • Stephan van Hulst
  • Tim Moores
  • Tim Holloway
  • Piet Souris
Bartenders:
  • salvin francis
  • Carey Brown
  • Frits Walraven

Is Ruby easier to learn than Java?

 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 701
2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi,

Do you think learning Ruby is easier and faster than learning Java?

Thank you
 
Author
Posts: 12617
IntelliJ IDE Ruby
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Yes and no. The basics, easier. The non-basics, harder. Java-the-language is (almost) very simple. Ruby-the-language, due to its dynamic nature and meta-programming capabilities, is harder.
 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 686
Netbeans IDE Chrome Ubuntu
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
In simple terms it is harder because there are many more features that you need to know. But it is worth the effort!
 
David Newton
Author
Posts: 12617
IntelliJ IDE Ruby
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I disagree that you *need* to know the complicated stuff, especially when starting out. Lots of very productive work is done in Ruby without knowing anything about metaprogramming.
 
author
Posts: 27
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Yes, it depends on what you're learning - and who you are. For me, Ruby is much easier than Java overall. Learning the basics of Ruby is easier than learning the basics of Java for most beginners, and the Ruby environment (APIs, popular libraries, standards) is tiny compared to Java's huge Land Of Acronyms (LOA).

That being said, I agree that learning the details of the Ruby language is arguably more difficult than learning advanced Java. Ruby is easy to learn, harder to master.
 
Willie Smits increased rainfall 25% in three years by planting trees. Tiny ad:
Two software engineers solve most of the world's problems in one K&R sized book
https://coderanch.com/wiki/718759/books/Building-World-Backyard-Paul-Wheaton
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic