Life is a Mystery

29 July 2004

Tools for Hacking

Dan Debertin has introduced me to Ruby, a prorgramming language cross between Perl & Smalltalk. It has been a fun discovery and resonated last night with an essay by Paul Graham about hackers and their tools. The portions of this essay that discuss what hackers want, why they code, how to care for them if you want them to join your cause are interesting. As some of our programmers have said, doors matter! Paul has a great Ruby quote on his site: “Some may say Ruby is a bad rip-off of Lisp or Smalltalk, and I admit that. But it is nicer to ordinary people.” (attributed to Matz at LL2)

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Eric Celeste / Saint Paul, Minnesota / 651.323.2009 / efc@clst.org