"Jim Weirich" <jweirich / one.net> wrote in message
news:1047171353.9282.135.camel / traken...
> On Sat, 2003-03-08 at 19:27, Seth Kurtzberg wrote:
>
> > Skip the syntax review.  [...] Talk about the advantages of a true OO
language, dynamic
> > class extensions, and things of that sort.  Some interesting code
samples are
> > fine.
>
> I wholeheartedly agree.  Get into examples as soon as possible, and
> concentrate on the stuff Ruby excels at or does differently than other
> languages.

I actually think syntax is very important. It is far from the only thing
though.
It is the syntax (and some basic semantics) that makes you juggling with
arrays and hashes after 10 minutes in Ruby. Perl have similar capabilities
but it is not as accessible or as easy to remember once you return to it.

Few people care (initially) that you can dynamically add methods or
overwrite methods.

Mikkel