One of my little conceits is that I pick up new programming languages easily. But while that may be true about the language itself, these days understanding the language is just the opening ante. You need to understand the language, the frameworks, the libraries, the tools and the subject matter to be the real deal.
Which is the roundabout way of me saying that my first attempt to evaluate Squib came up short. It turns out that I was missing a gem. It also turns out that I need to get back to basics
I thought I could take a shortcut, start with a working Rails application and learn Rails on the fly. Instead, it looks like I need to open up my copy of Agile Web Development with Rails and start reading for real.