Bring the fun part of programming

I believe that the purpose of life is, at least in part, to be happy. Based on this belief, Ruby is designed to make programming not only easy, but also fun. It allows you to concentrate on the creative side of programming, with less stress.
— Yukihiro Matsumoto, a.k.a. “Matz”.

No grand pronoucements like “write once, run everywhere”, or an “intelligent highly-integrated dynamic super-duper language.” Only “make programming fun” — what a noble goal.

Congratulations Matz, you have succeeded.

Matz is the creator of Ruby — the programming language behind the adored Ruby On Rails (RoR). I am Python fan and I admit I would not have looked at Ruby if it weren’t for RoR. But I am telling you now and this time you should listen: learn Ruby and RoR.

The quote is from the foreword of the book, Programming Ruby.


4 thoughts on “Bring the fun part of programming

  1. Mike: You would learn a lot by trying other languages. Sometimes it would frustrate you why people are still using Java, sometimes you would learn approaches you could use in your Java project. 🙂

  2. Old post I know, coming from a Java background Ruby was a Godsend! I’ve been using Ruby and RoR for over a year now(Although I’m no expert). And it’s been nothing but fun for me! I’ve written a few posts on Ruby check out my blog at

  3. We still need to work harder to grow the local RoR community. There are still many skeptics especially programmers who have invested a lot in their “certifications”.

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