Meetups and User Groups outside of San Francisco
- Indianapolis Ruby Brigade - http://www.meetup.com/indyrb/
[http://tryruby.org/ TryRuby] a browser-based interactive tutorial in Ruby
[http://www.pragprog.com/titles/ltp2/learn-to-program-2nd-edition "Learning to Program" by Chris Pine] - a beginner's programming book with lots of Ruby exercises. (earlier version [http://pine.fm/LearnToProgram online])
[http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/book/chapter-1.html Why's Poignant Guide]
[http://hackety-hack.com/ Hackety Hack] a fun way for beginners to learn Ruby.
[http://rubykoans.com/ Ruby Koans] - a self-guided journey through topics in Ruby for beginners and experts alike
[http://testfirst.org Test-First Teaching] - click on 'Learn Ruby'
[https://github.com/ryanb/ruby-warrior Ruby Warrior] - write and refine some Ruby code to get your warrior to the top of a hazardous tower
[http://www.rubyquiz.com Ruby Quiz] - a guided tour through the world of possibility; use your Ruby to build simple apps, games, and solve problems
[http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/book/chapter-2.html Why's Poignant Guide to Ruby] - A whimsical comic book that teaches you Ruby. Legendary in the community.
[http://ruby.learncodethehardway.org/ Learn Ruby the Hard Way] It's not actually hard. A great place to start if you're new to programming and want to learn with hands-on examples.
Learn about Rails
[http://guides.rubyonrails.org/ Rails Guides] - the official how-to articles for Rails
[http://railsapi.com Rails API] - online documentation
[http://railsforzombies.org/ Rails for Zombies] - a series of videos and browser-based Rails exercises
[http://ruby.railstutorial.org/ Rails Tutorial] - a tutorial that leads you through writing a Rails messaging app
Watch screen casts
[http://pivotallabs.com/talks Pivotal Labs talks]
[http://valobox.com Valobox] -use Promocode 'RailsBridge' to read free.
[http://www.devchix.com DevChix] -blog and mailing list for women developers
[http://stackoverflow.com/ Stack Overflow] -for answers to programming questions
[http://apprenticeship-patterns.labs.oreilly.com/ Apprenticeship Patterns] -advice for aspiring programmers
Just do it. Write and publish your own Rails app.
Volunteer at the next workshop
Volunteer on a RailsBridge Builders project
Come to a hack session
Check for Ruby and Rails meetups anywhere at [http://www.rubyinperson.com/ Ruby in Person]