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James Nelson23,956 Points
Installing a ruby env
I am new to ruby and I am just working my through the 'installing a ruby env' course on treehouse. Although I have almost complete the stage I feel like I don't quite understand what I'm downloading and why.
Could someone explain the simplest terms what is Vagrant and why we need this to install a Treehouse VM?
And what is the difference between the VM provided by Oracle and Treehouse's VM?
Musannif Zahir1,414 Points
Vagrant makes it easy to create consistent development environments across various systems (Windows, Linux, OS X, etc.). By having your development environment in a VM, you avoid the "But it works for me" issues, even across different platforms.
There are a lot of default/base VMs for Vagrant that you can use as a starting point when creating your own image. You can see a full list at http://www.vagrantbox.es
You're downloading the Treehouse VM as it's a customized development environment for this course. Vagrant is not required to setup a ruby environment but it provides an easy way for someone to create an image of a working ruby environment and having you fire it up so that you can dabble in ruby without having to go through installing everything.