I'm a novice coder with experience in PHP, HTML, CSS, and JS(all of which I learned through sitepoint books). I got a book from my library on ruby(Apress' Beginning Ruby)and was all set to download it onto my windows HP. The installation worked and everything was going just fine until I couldn't find the SciTE editor and decided to uninstall and reinstall just in case it didn't download correctly. Well I reinstalled and everything was different. When I first downloaded it, there were only 5 icons to choose from, with the command prompt and the irb being 2 of them. Now I have all these crazy folders to search through and no irb or anything in sight. I went to google for the answer and found out that the book's latest version is 2009 and that in 2010 they took out the text editor and a bunch of other things. So I messed up everything looking for something that didn't exist. So here's my question: When I download Ruby, how should I go about doing it? Should I download it from a rails site or from rubyinstaller? Anything else I as a novice should know? Other details are I downloaded v1.9.3, and everything worked just fine, its just the installation is different. Let me know if there any other information you need. Any help is appreciated.
Yes, for Windows http://rubyinstaller.org/ is the place to go for a Ruby environment.
The other option is to run a linux virtual machine and install everything there - If you wanted to go down this route Vagrant is what a lot of people these days use.