When you’re brainstorming some ideas for a program or learning a new language its great to have an interactive console to play with. It lets you start typing out code, inspect the return values, and experiment or debug in a really helpful way. You get immediate feedback on what each line of your code is doing. That’s why irb for ruby or
script/console for your rails app are such great and useful tools. Once you get used to being able to dive into your application environment and fiddle around you wonder how you ever did without it.
I’ll show you how to install it on OS X in under 5 minutes.
Most of this should work on Linux (and maybe Windows) too with some minor tweaks.