Please offer suggestions for a good online language reference for 2.x that i can use while i do this course. This is a serious question- I am really wondering why people would use this kludge of a language.
I'd just google for what information I need, easier to get what I need than navigating any reference site, even if I'm looking for hits on a particular site.
Python is probably more straight-forward. They have similar use-cases (back-end scripting, prototyping)
My understanding is that Ruby "wins out" when it comes to web development but that Python does everything else a bit better, particularly in the science department.