August 19, 2009 Why the Lucky Stiff erased from the online community. We in the Ruby community wish him all the best, but we really miss him.
Why gave us a lot of great software and other things , but the main thing that he brought to the Ruby community is the spirit of freedom, eccentricity and creativity. When Why got up on stage at the first RailsConf in 2006, he picked up his guitar, went up to the microphone and shouted, “Throw away your best practices!”
Discipline, care and responsibility are important; we have customers, employees, team members and families to take our work seriously. At the same time, however, we need to play. If we do not suddenly throw off the patterns of our "best practices", we can easily miss many great ideas, some of which can bring rich rewards (for example, Camping and Hpricot led to the emergence of Sinatra and Nokogiri). This year, August 19th, celebrate Whyday. Set aside all the cases on this day, and to remember the contribution of Why to our community and culture, engage in hacking for your pleasure.
See how far you can go in using some unusual Ruby trait (or some other language).
Choose hard limits (for example, 4 kilobytes of source code) and see what you can do in them.
Try to implement a crazy idea, for which you do not undertake because it is too crazy.
You can do that support some of the projects that Why left us (despite the fact that Why was more inclined to create new beautiful things than to polish old ones).
On the other hand, Why was keen on the idea of teaching children programming. Therefore, improvements in Hackety Hack are welcome.
Or take direct action in this direction and teach the child to program in Ruby.
On August 19, 2010, throw away your best practices and celebrate Why's contribution to our unique culture. Create something wonderful. ')
UPD. Thank. Transferred to the Ruby blog.