Why The Lucky Stiff


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why the lucky stiff (often known simply as why, _why) was an anonymous, but prolific writer, cartoonist, musician, artist, and computer programmer notable for his work with the Ruby programming language. Along with Yukihiro Matsumoto and David Heinemeier Hansson, he was seen as a key figure in the Ruby community.

His best known work is Why's (poignant) Guide to Ruby, which "teaches Ruby with stories." Paul Adams of Webmonkey describes its eclectic style as resembling a "collaboration between Stan Lem and Ed Lear". Chapter three was published in The Best Software Writing I: Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky.

On 19 August 2009, his online presence was drastically truncated; his accoun
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Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby

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Nobody Knows Shoes

4.23 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2007
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The Ruby Programming Language

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“when you don't create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. your tastes only narrow & exclude people. so create.”
Why The Lucky Stiff

“programming is rather thankless. u see your works become replaced by superior ones in a year. unable to run at all in a few more.”
Why The Lucky Stiff

“Reality's kind of a medium, maybe greater than paper. We all want life to have the same texture that we read about in novels.”
Why The Lucky Stiff, CLOSURE



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