Ross B. wrote:
On Tue, 03 Jan 2006 16:39:13 -0000, email@example.com wrote:
I’m happy to say I don’t know any true Ruby elitists.
In my humble, and possibly controversial opinion, I’d suggest it could
be about the fact that the Ruby community seems to have a greater
density of hackers than many others, so it’s more common for Rubyists
to know (and even love) several languages than with, say, Perl or
Python, where a greater proportion of the community is probably mostly
Your opinion is controversial and it is one of its quality.
I don’t feel to belong to a Ruby community, Ruby is just the language I
love the best for now, I’m also a Ruby newbie and I don’t know much
many other languages.
Maybe hackers may like Ruby because it let you write simple things
easily and less simple things too, in some other languages, the
complexness (??) is due to the language constructs and other
limitations, not to the problem to solve.
I don’t know whether there is a ‘true’ definition of what is a hacker or
not, I think he is someone who, when he, by chance, have some problem
to solve, spend a a week apparently doing nothing, then writes 100
lines in an hour instead of writing in a week thousands lines of
unreadable code. Maybe hacking is spending time looking at problems
with an unusual sight, not searching for the usual pattern to apply.
At a language level, Ruby seems to provide very good stuff.