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We will be setting up a Ruby on Rails development environment on Ubuntu 14.04

The reason we're going to be using Ubuntu is because the majority of code you write will run on a Linux server. Ubuntu is one of the easiest Linux distributions to use with lots of documentation so it's a great one to start with.

The first step is to install...

Redis is a high performance persistent key-value store, and is intended as a datastore solution for applications where performance and flexibility are more critical than persistence and absolute data integrity. As such, Redis may be considered a participant in the “NoSQL” movement and is an attractive tool for developers of some kinds of applications. 

sudo su -
mkdir /tmp/redis_install
cd /tmp/redis_install
wget http://redis.googlecode.com/files/redis-2.6.7.tar.gz
tar xvf redis-2.6.7.tar.gz
cd redis-2.6.7
make install
cd utils

Start server: /etc/init.d/redis_6379 start
Stop server:/etc/init.d/redis_6379 stop

I initially thought that setting up Sencha Touch 2 to work under Linux would be pretty straightforward but it turned out to be a little cumbersome to install, what follows is a rundown of the steps that it took.

Download Sencha SDK Tools

Download the installer from http://www.sencha.com/products/sdk-tools/download/ , it comes in 32-bit and 64-bit.

$ uname -m
x86_64 # 64-bit

Download Sencha Touch 2

Download it from http://www.sencha.com/products/sdk-tools/download/ , there are two options, an open source version (GPLv3) and a free commercial version.

Extract Sencha Touch 2 package

# move and extract sencha touch 2
$ mv ~/downloads/sencha-touch- dev/sandbox/sencha/
$ cd dev/sandbox/sencha
$ unzip...

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