On Thu, 20 Aug 2009, Jason G. wrote:
Hi, RedCloth watchers. Just wanted to tell you Gaspard and I have agreed on a
rewrite plan. We’re setting up a project to compare redcloth-treetop and
redcloth-regexp and any other alternatives that come along. We’ll implement
I’ve not looked at racc for years, but that might be a possibility.
some common features and then ask the Ruby community to weigh in on what they
like and what they don’t. Hopefully that will give us a clear sense of where
to go with it.
Certainly by now you’ve heard about _why. RedCloth owes everything to him and
I hope I can speak for all of us when I say we’re extremely grateful for the
code he gave us over the years and the contributions he made to the community.
He’ll be missed if, in fact, he’s truly gone.
In the Art and Code talk he was self-deprecating about his code,
and, regrettably, once I was harsh about some bloopsaphone code
which I didn’t realize was one of his projects. But _Why had
already learned something I’m still trying to take on board, that
often quickly rolled together code that does the job is MUCH better
than code which is “done properly” by the standards of computer
science purists but is too late to be useful. He was phenomenally
productive as a programmer, produced stuff many people used, and it
was novel, reaching into niches others never considered. Some of
the artistic work I still don’t understand, but there was genius
there. Why do the cartoon foxes in the Poignant Guide “work”, on
any level? I don’t know. I’m glad he had the nerve to risk
ridicule, and produce something so wonderfully bizarre. To receive
praise from him like:
was something I really appreciated and still do. I hope he is still
about somewhere, if only so he can look at the web and see he was
valued. If he’s dramatically taken a sabbatical, I hope he enjoys