Ruby: Past, Present, and Future

Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto

(creator of Ruby)

4,000 years ago we had one language (Babel)

That one language was “Fortran” 🙂

Hired by NaCl  – open source integrated

1999 – First book published

It should be “Rails on Ruby” since Rails is a DSL for the web built with Ruby…

Sometimes Smart People:  Just don’t understand the nature of ordinary brains..


Flexibility <–>Understandability


Ruby became “Enterprisy”

“There are under one million professional Ruby developer now and were projecting there will be four million plus by 2013”

Mark Driver, an analyst at Gartner (

Ruby focuses on programmers NOT computers.

Primary goal is to enjoy programming…

Matz: “I love meters”


Question from the audience: “Do you think you are learning how humans related to world by creating a language?”

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