Recently I did some archaeological excavations in my home directory
because I wanted to find out when I started writing Ruby.
Interestingly, most files still have accurate timestamps, although
this is the third computer with this home directory (I always copy
~/projects when I move on).
Apart of a backup file of a snippet I wrote in October 2001 that
tested Ruby threading—I think Ruby 1.6.5 was the current version at
that time—, the first “useful” Ruby script I found was an acronym
acronym.rb, dated December
23, 2001 (also inside the file). A few days after, I wrote some
code to brute-force the theorem that each
number can be added to it’s reversely written representation until it
gets symmetric on it’s own. The problematic case is the number 89,
which needs more than 10000 steps without a solution. I stopped
trying after that.
Thank you, Ruby! It’s been four pleasant years to code with you, and I hope lots will follow.
And hey, isn’t it nice to state “Four years of Ruby experience” in your CV? (No, mine isn’t public.)
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