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Feb 10, 2000, 06:41 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Author Maya Stodte looks at Ruby, a pure object-oriented scripting language, which has successfully seduced Python and Perl users in Japan. Ruby is now beginning to make its international debut, touting elegant syntax, single inheritance, straightforward OO features, true closures, and an iterator more extensive than most call-back routines. Below Maya looks at the language's profile in depth, providing code comparisons to Perl, and trying to illuminate some of the features that have so entranced Japanese programmers for the past few years."

"Based on the syntax of Eiffel and Ada, the power of C, the functions of Python, and the diversity of Perl, Ruby really is an attempt to combine the best of everything. And rumor has it that Yukihiro Matsumoto, affectionately known as Matz, has interwoven Ruby with a mysterious spell to keep us coming back for more. Ruby has, at the very least, been showing up Python in Japan for quite some time."

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