Where’s _why?

Annie Lowrey, , Dec 26, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Back when I was messing around with Ruby I was one of the fortunate ones to learn the programming language through _whys (poignant) Guide. _why was an enigma, from his unusual name to his writing style, which ranged between comic book, fairy tale and technical manual. I can't say it really helped me learn Ruby, but I appreciated the effort, and things like Try Ruby have helped a lot of people over the years. This article is a wistful look at _why and about learning programming. And in the end, we learn, "Finally, late in my reporting, I got word back-channeled to me from another Salt Lake City programmer: Jonathan is _why, he is fine, and he just wants to be left alone." Which makes me happy.

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