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Podcasting Utils And Home Rubyists #

by why in cult

Look, two podcasting utilities on Rubyforge already: podcatcher and rpodder. This is a glad omen. Both of these utilities watch feeds and pull down audio files. This is the sort of program that is a good starting place for someone learning Ruby. Interesting enough to captivate a teenager, challenging enough to make it compelling.

This is exactly the sort of thing that should be taught in high schools. Give kids a list of podcast feeds (perhaps in OPML like podcatcher does) and help them write a script to download those files and build a playlist. It might even be useful for us to have a Ruby learning site that just has a few simple tutorials like that.

So, if you’re wondering what Ruby is for, here’s a reason. To take something off the Internet and shape it to your own use.

said on 04 Jan 2005 at 12:01

fully agree with you, why. This echoes my post on ruby-forum here

Once I have figured ruby out I’d love to have a ‘real world’ tutorial.

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