Ruby Newbie's Guide to Getting Started
Go to this post... Ruby Resources(1)
make a checklist of all the Tutorials, and go thru them 1 by 1, and check them off the list as you do.(2)
make a checklist of all the free downloadable books, and down load them one by one. Put them in a folder on your Desktop (or whereever you can find them easily.) And read them.(3)
For Standard ruby Reference, get the CHM for Ruby 1.8.6 here
, put it in this same folder.Get comfortable with Standard Ruby
. When your ready to script for Sketchup:(4)
On the Reference list (link above,) go to the Sketchup Specific
section, and download Alex's Cheatsheet, and bookmark the Google Sketchup API document website. (You'll be referencing it a lot.) It has the methods for the modules and classes for 'talking' to Sketchup, and manipulating it's models.(5)
Go through all the available Sketchup Ruby tutorials (on the list.)(6)
Read the code examples in your plugins/Examples
Have fun. Start fooling around with Ruby under Sketchup. Usually the best thing is to start by customizing the examples.(8)
Whenever you have questions, come back to this forum, and first do a search (it's likely your question has already been asked.) If not.. start a new topic (make the the topic title simple but informative... a shortened version of your question. Don't make it "Help Me!", that does not work well.)(9)
Before going into advanced Sketchup scripting, download more advanced plugins from the plugins forum (or other websites.. see the Resource list,) and examine them. See how they did things. This the best way to learn how to do things right. If you have a question about why an author did something a certain way... you can either Private Message them, or see if there is a discussion topic specific to their plugin, here in the Developer's forum, and post a question at the end of that topic. If no topic exists, create one by putting the plugin name in square brackets following by 'coding questions.' Please don't ask coding questions in the Plugin distribution topic of the Plugins forum. Ask them here in the Developers forum.
And ... welcome to the world of Ruby !