The Disappearance Of One Of The World's Most Beloved Computer Programmer

_why by Charlie Powell
Take some time (or your Instapaper) and read this great article on Ruby programmer _why. Even if you have no interest in programming, no interest in "celebrity" within the world of programmers or any such semi-related thing I still think you're enjoy it. Author Annie Lowrey approaches the topic from a completely ignorant place; no experience with programming or even the lexicon of programming. So, from that standpoint, she can take a step back and express just how it is that _why is as important as he is (or, was, depending on your viewpoint).

The article also points towards this great introduction to programming & Ruby - Try Ruby. It's as basic as it can get but, honestly, that's the best way to dive right in.


  • Waxy linked to an interesting critique / thread re: the article:
    Walkathon on Monday, March 19th, 2012 @ 10:10pm
  • Yea, I read through some of that but tend to agree more with the first responders comment about the story coming more from a perspective of people who dont understand computers or hacker culture. If it helps at all, I talked to someone today that knows _why (in a somewhat cursory way) and says he just doesn't talk about it - ever. So, even if the reporter had gone the stalking route and shown up at his door; I assume he would have just closed it in her face. I actually love the infosuicide path that he chose. It's probably a huge bummer to the Ruby community but he obviously planted a seed that has some steam behind it. And, frankly, that message is probably more potent now that he's gone than it would be if he had stuck around.
    Michael on Monday, March 19th, 2012 @ 10:29pm
  • I read this thru the week; great article. I've never even looked at Ruby before but keen to delve into it.
    Ronnie on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 @ 6:21pm

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