with Matz (ruby’s father)
Interesting presentation. Valuable information, but slides moved really quickly.
One of ruby’s biggest strengths is blocks.
Increasing in popularity. 65 attendees at rubyconf in 2004 – over 200 pre-registrations for rubyconf in 2005. Reflects growing popularity of ruby.
Why? Hacker preference and killer application
Rails brought ruby to the limelight.
Blocks are unique and powerful in ruby. You can think of blocks as high order function
Martin Fowler reference is a good intoduction to closures and blocks.
Most of the rest of the presentation were code examples which Matz went over very quickly.
Quote from Matz
You (the audience) should have better japanese than I have english.