So we'd just finished writing The Pragmatic Programmer,
families had just started talking to us again, and suddenly we felt
the need to write another book. Why? We guess it comes down to a kind
of missionary zeal.
Ruby was created by Yukihiro Matsumoto (Matz) in Japan.
its popularity in Japan has grown at an astounding rate; there are
rumors that Ruby is more popular than Python in Japan. But to date,
much of the detailed Ruby documentation is in Japanese. It probably
isn't a programming language you'd just stumble across.
We wanted to spread the word, to have more people outside Japan using
Ruby and enjoying the benefits, so we decided to
document Ruby in English. And what started out as a small project
just sort of grew....