On Tuesday 28 November 2000 00:48, Dave Thomas wrote:
> Hello, world!
>
> Borders (the bookstore chain) has asked for a submission about Ruby for
> their February computer book catalog. The entry should be fairly
> non-technical, and not book specific, selling the technical
> advantages. They're suggesting a bullet list of Ruby's advantages.
>
> I'd be very interested in feedback on the following I heard about
> this today, and they need it by Tuesday, so we'll have to move fast.
>
> Thanks
>
>
> Dave
>
> ps. Sorry about the copyright. There's a reason to do with
> transferring ownership that's kinda messy.


Maybe you should also point out, that there is a very
active and friendly ruby community, which has always
some good advice on the mailing lists.
I think this is on reason, why programmers like open
source languages like Ruby/Python/Perl

markus






>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Do you:
>
> - like the expressiveness and power of Perl, but wish you could write
>   easier-to-maintain programs?
>
> - enjoy the cleanliness of Python, but wish it was fully
>   object-oriented?
>
> - miss the dynamic and flexible features of Smalltalk?
>
> - feel frustrated with the limitations of Java
>
> - use C++   ;-)
>
> - want to write applications that run across multiple platforms?
>
> - need low-level system integration combined with very-high-level
>   programming constructs?
>
> Do you want to make programming fun again?
>
> Perhaps it's time to look at Ruby, a language that's already bigger
> than Python in Japan, and which looks like it's on its way to being
> really big over here. Ruby is something of a cross between Smalltalk
> and Perl (laugh not), combining the flexibility and convenience of
> Perl with the full object-orientation and dynamic nature of
> Smalltalk. Ruby's used for cross-platform scripting, server-side web
> applications, and full applications development. Ruby is attracting
> attention in the eXtreme Programming community, as it facilitates the
> rapid development of eminently maintainable object-oriented programs,
> potentially reducing iteration lengths and cutting the time between a
> customer expressing requirements and a developer delivering results.
>
> Ruby is open source software, and is available in both source form and
> in pre-compiled distributions for a variety of platforms. Check out
> Ruby at http://www.ruby-lang.org.
>
>
> Copyright (c) 2000 Dave Thomas