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A Video Interview With Ruby’s Creator, Matz

By Peter Cooper / January 27, 2010

its-matz-baby.pngRuby's creator and benevolent dictator Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto has done a video interview for InfoQ at the QCon enterprise software development conference. You can watch the video on InfoQ's page (or, if you're a member of InfoQ, download an MP3).

In the interview, Matz talks about what he'd do if he were recreated Ruby from scratch today, lazy evaluation, Erlang, actor models, typing, his opinions on alternative Ruby implementations, and continuations.

Matz also recommends reading O'Reilly's Beautiful Code (Amazon link) but humbly advises against reading Chapter 29 - a chapter that he contributed to the book.

[jobs] The Ruby Inside jobs board has blown up this month with 14 jobs currently active. They span from New York to Chicago, Akron, Birmingham, and Portland, so check them out if you're looking for something new to do.


  1. Leo says:

    I learned a lot from the interview. Mats helps me understand Ruby philosophy - usability over efficiency. Code in Ruby is truly beautiful.

  2. Jan Wedekind says:

    Unfortunately the content is copyrighted. But you can create yourself an MP3 file like this:
    mplayer -af volume=15 -vo null -ao pcm:fast:file=09-nov-matzyukihiro.wav
    lame -m m -V 3 09-nov-matzyukihiro.wav 09-nov-matzyukihiro.mp3

  3. Peter Cooper says:

    Jan: You're awesome - thanks!

  4. Hrish says:

    >>but humbly advises against reading Chapter 29 - a chapter that he contributed to the book.

    In fact, Chapter 29 was what drove me to check out Ruby :D

  5. mpapis says:

    source of big knowledge, helped me to understand what I can expect in new ruby, without reading 1000s of blogs. thanks for the link

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