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Preface

Preface

Some programming languages excel at turning coders into clockwork oranges. By enforcing rigid rules about how software must be structured and implemented, it is possible to prevent a developer from doing anything dangerous. However, this comes at a high cost, stifling the essential creativity and passion that separates the masterful coder from the mediocre. Thankfully, Ruby is about as far from this bleak reality as you can possibly imagine.

As a language, Ruby is designed to allow developers to express themselves freely. It is meant to operate at the programmer’s level, shifting the focus away from the machine and toward the problem at hand. However, Ruby is highly malleable, and is nothing more than putty in the hands of the developer. With a rigid mindset that tends to overcomplicate things, you will produce complex Ruby code. With a light and unencumbered outlook, you will produce simple and beautiful programs. In this book, you’ll be able to clearly see the difference between the two, and find a clear path laid out for you if you choose to seek the latter.


  

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