Week 1: Introduction to Ruby · Lesson 2 ·
Let's get some background on Ruby real quick.
Ruby was developed in 1995 by Yukihiro Matsumoto (aka "Matz").
Ruby is "magical" – a lot of things are done for you automatically, whereas in other languages like Python you have to set them up more explicitly.
The Ruby community is extremely friendly. They have a motto: "Matz is nice and so we are nice" (abbreviated MINASWAN).
Ruby was popularized by Ruby on Rails and Twitter. It is used by companies such as Apple, Twitter, Github, Airbnb, Groupon, Shopify, Hulu, and others.