Anyone in the Ruby community probably knows about Why The Lucky Stiff and his numerous contributions to Ruby and the Ruby community. They’ll also know that a while back _Why decided to disappear, removing his code, sites, and closing down his various accounts. In celebration of what he brought to us Today, August 19th is Why Day, in which people are encouraged to:
See how far you can push some weird corner of Ruby (or some other language).
Try that wild idea you’ve been sitting on because it’s too crazy.
One thing I know you can do is to use Skype to call “coderpath” and leave a message about what you think of _Why and Why Day. Call coderpath’s skype (you of course need Skype installed and a Skype account…).
If you’re looking for a reminder of what _Why brought to the community, you can check out whymirror on github, where most of _Why’s various projects have been restored and preserved. Most special though (in my opinion anyway) are:
TryRuby – running ruby in the browser, like IRB
Why’s Poignant Guide To Ruby – The man, the book, the legend.