A Ruby on Rails software development environment is required for this course. The first lesson walks through installing a Rails environment on a Windows PC using the Rails Installer software package. The Rails Installer package can be downloaded from railsinstaller.org. You must have a Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 workstation, or a Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, or Windows 2007 server to install the Rails Installer package. Please note that Rails Installer does not work on Windows 95, Windows 98, nor Windows Me. Students using the Macintosh platform may be able to use the default Ruby environment included on Macintosh OS X 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and 10.7 (Lion). Please consult the Apple Web site for instructions on how to update the installed software to the latest version of Ruby on Rails. Prior HTML coding experience is helpful; but not required; Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).