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Ruby: A Family History (Railsconf 2018)

by Geoffrey Litt

Published April 18, 2018 in Technology

A talk I gave at Railsconf 2018. Experimenting with including some lightly edited speaker notes to accompany the slides.

Rails is made possible by Ruby’s unique combination of deep dynamism and pragmatic elegance. In turn, Ruby inherited many of its core ideas from older languages including Lisp, Smalltalk, and Perl.

In this talk, we’ll take a tour of these languages and their myriad influences on Ruby, to better understand the foundations of our tools, improve our ability to use them to their full potential, and imagine how they might be further improved.