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The Ruby Way: Solutions and Techniques in Ruby Programming, Third Edition by André Arko, Hal Fulton

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Foreword

Foreword to the Third Edition

Yesterday I was reading an article about geek fashion in Wired.com. According to it, wearing a Rubyconf 2012 t-shirt these days signals to people: “I work for Oracle.”

Wow. How far we’ve come in the last 10 years!

For quite some time, using Ruby set you apart from the mainstream. Now it seems we are the mainstream. And what a long, strange journey it has been to get there.

Ruby adoption took a long time by today’s standards. I read this book in 2005, and at that point, the first edition was over four years old. Ruby had just begun its second wave of adoption thanks to DHH and the start of Rails mania. It seemed like there might be a couple hundred people in the entire (English-speaking) world that used ...

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