Introduction to the Ruby Language

Presentation and notes from a talk on the Ruby language to the St. Louis Unix User Group.

On June 12, 2002, I gave a talk at the St. Louis Unix user group introducing the Ruby language. The presentation is available for download here:

The text of the presentation, without useful formatting also appears here, so that search engines (particularly the one I need to add to this web site) will be able to find it.

We don’t use Ruby much (yet?) at Oasis Digital, but there are some interesting and useful ideas in it; I recommend looking it to expand your exposure to what’s possible in language design, even if you don’t need or plan to use yet another scripting language.

Addendum: Oasis Digital’s resident “Pythonista” pointed out that like Ruby, Python now supports multiple inheritance and garbage collection (not just reference counting).

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Now Forming: St. Louis Delphi User Group

In addition to Java and other high-profile tools and languages discussed on the site, Oasis Digital makes good use of Borland Delphi for Windows client applications. I’m interesting in forming a St. Louis Delphi User Group. (For those
of you around the world, this means the St. Louis, MO, USA metropolitan area.)

The first step is to attempt to find some developers and firms using Delphi in St. Louis. I don’t know if there are 2 or 2000 Delphi developers in the area, partly because many firms that use Delphi are rather quiet about it.

To facilitate communications, I set up a Yahoo Group… please join it: