The subtle elegance of the Ruby idiom

I loved that quote (the title of this post) from Edd Dumbill’s recent blog post, Why Rails?

Now I’ve been using Rails for a while, I find its attractions have changed for me. The thrill of not having to write basic functionality over and over again has given way to more select pleasures. Writing in Ruby itself is a rewarding experience, as its idioms become plainer over time.

Sure, you can write Java or Perl in any language, and that’s where I started off. But the subtle elegance of the Ruby idiom is a slowly appreciated and highly satisfying flavour. For developers who consider themselves as poets and artists too, I can’t think of a better language.

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