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Advice For Ruby Beginners 1

It’s a fantastic language to introduce you in the world of real OOP. Not the latched-on variety of OOP that is Python or C++ or PHP or even Java (where you still have primitives), but the real Smalltalk-inspired OOP. Also, it’s essential to work with languages whose runtime can change on the fly – where meta code generation is a workhorse and no preprocessing is taking place. The language teaches you to be succinct but choose “beautiful” instead of “practical”: when you are doing Ruby it’s not that much about the script that will work here and now (whatever the uglyness), but about something you invest your time in to really get right. When I was discovering Ruby after doing PHP for a few years it was a revelation for me – the whole moment went like “oh, that’s how it’s supposed to work all along!” and “yes, this works too”. For instance, it was a total “oomph” moment for ...

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