Ruby is an Open Source, interpreted, dynamically typed, pure object-oriented scripting language for fast, easy programming, from Japan. It is simple, straightforward, extensible, more elegant than Perl, fewer parentheses than Lisp. It has many features to process text files and do system management, as in Perl. If you want a language for easy OO programming, don't like Perl inelegance, or like the concept of Lisp, but dislike many parentheses, Ruby is a good option. Japan has more users of Ruby than Python. Historically, this is the first, and thus oldest, sizable set of Ruby links outside of Japan.
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Site opens with pretty graphic, and otherwise looks thin, but has huge archives of many Ruby mail groups: ruby-list, ruby-dev, ruby-ext, ruby-math, ruby-talk, fj.comp.lang.ruby, comp.lang.ruby, News, News2, Mailing Lists; linux-users.
Comparing and Introducing Ruby
Short introduction to features, compares Ruby to Perl, Python. [PDF]
Group of Ruby and Rails programmers who live and work in the New York City area. Merger of ruby-nyc and rubyonrails-nyc.
The Perl Cookbook presents a suite of common programming problems solved in that language. This project aims to gather fans of programming to implement solutions in many other languages. [Open Source]
Ruby Central, Inc.
Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting growth of open source Ruby programming language; manages RubyConf, donation clearinghouse, presence and point of contact for corporate sponsors.
Ruby Code & Style
Peer reviewed online journal: articles, news, Weblogs, buzz, chapters, forums. Artima Software.
Ruby Programming Language
Growing article, with links to many related topics. [Wikipedia]
Ruby mail list log/archive, powered by Shin-ichiro Hara's Ruby smart archiver.
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