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Seven Languages in Seven Weeks by Bruce A. Tate

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Chapter 2Ruby

A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.

Mary Poppins

If you are sampling this book, chances are we have something in common: learning programming languages intrigues us. To me, learning a language is like learning a character. Throughout my career, I’ve experienced scores of languages firsthand. Like any person, each language took on a distinct personality. Java was like having a rich lawyer as a brother. He was fun when he was younger, but now he’s a black hole that sucks away all the joy in a 100-mile radius. Visual Basic was like that bleached-blond cosmetologist. She’s not going to solve global warming, but she’s always good for a haircut and tremendously fun to talk to. Throughout the book, I will compare the languages ...

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