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Ruby and the Unix Philosophy

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May 6, 2010 5:30 AM

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Ruby and Unix clearly are interrelated, from Matz's championing of open source, to the large swath of the Ruby standard libraries that mirror the standard Unix interfaces, to the hacker culture that breathes life into both. This talk will explore the themes shared between the two, how Ruby and its community has been influenced by the Unix philosophy and ecosystem, as well as ways that both sides can further influence each other. What is the relationship between GitHub and Unix? What interplay runs between the accumulated wisdom of the Unix community and the ideas of Agile and BDD practitioners? We'll look at particular examples of Unix-like Ruby code, such as Unicorn or EventMachine, but also discuss high-level sociological constructs that will help Rubyists put themselves in the context of ideas that have been evolving since the late 1960s.

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