playing with ruby

i started playing around with ruby recently.
one of the first things i figured i’d do is muck about with sockets.
it turns out that’s brain dead easy with ruby, which i was happy to discover.
here’s a quick and dirty whois client i whipped up as a way to learn the syntax etc.

require "socket"

rr =
whoisrv = ""
port = "43"
qry = ""

s =, port)
while rr = s.gets
   puts rr