Friday 7th July, 2017

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2017 / Ruby: How a Language Reflects its People

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world”, said Wittgenstein.

In human-to-human languages the same core ideas get shaped differently depending on the language in which they are spoken. What if every computational language engenders a set (or a subset) of culture and values, and as a consequence attracts and shapes a corresponding community?

What are the values that entered into the language by way of its core committers and what are the values we identify with as a community. How can making these values explicit help us foster a better community?

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Alex Coles @myabc

CTO of education startup Skive and very active in the Ruby community, having founded the annual eurucamp camp/conference and JRubyConf EU.\n\nHe has also contributed extensively to many open-source projects including OpenProject, RefineryCMS and DataMapper.