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4.53  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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Published April 19th 2013
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Tobias Langhoff
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book will likely not be appreciated by anyone unfamiliar with why the lucky stiff – or _why for short – as it is a farewell letter of sorts, but just in case someone who doesn’t know him wants to know more, I’ll give a short recap. It’s not a spoiler, but I’ll hide it behind a spoiler tag so people who know the story can skip it easily (or people who don't can read this great summary of _why's online life instead.

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Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book took an interesting approach in mixing different types of print media and portraying itself as a mix/scans of these. It's a very personal work written in a round about way and has a lot of charm. There are a lot of things in it relevant to a programmer, but a majority of the book is just about living in a modern world, whatever that may mean. I got a lot out of it, and the ending was very "poignant". ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Well, this was a post-post-post-post-post-post-post-postmodern book. The problem with this kind of really odd books is that they're rarely found in stuffy ol' library databases. Probably not even in Goodreads.

Oh, wait, it is in Goodreads.


This is a really bizarre... creation. Which is, of course, nothing less than what you can expect from the wonderfully weird author, _why. He sort of disappeared from the Internet, left the Ruby programming language community behind, and... kind of showed up
Sergey Kruk
Jan 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I admire Why The Lucky Stiff very mush. His (poignant) Guide to Ruby was very influential in my professional path. It might be a reason ruby is my favourite language to this day. I like good guides, and I enjoy good narrative. Good story helps to communicate very complex concepts. Unfortunately our habit to look for a narrative pushes us to always explain all the things and seek to explain everything. Including ours and other people's behaviour. Which to my mind is not possible at all.

In most pe
Sina Khalili
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book full of _why’s trademark postmodern whimsy. It gets allegorical near the end with a lot for the reader to piece together. I have tried to do that on my much longer review at but don’t read that, read this book ...more
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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 (p

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