Guys, this is the nearest thing I’ve seen
to a flame war in the entire history of
the newsgroup (and the mailing list which
That’s not to be construed as an attack
toward either of you. Both of you (IMO)
have some valid points, but I won’t get
into that. And I think there may be some
misunderstanding on both sides, and some
nitpicking over semantics. All that is
neither here nor there.
The point is: Let’s keep this forum a
friendly one. Let’s shake hands and walk
away, and if necessary, agree to disagree.
As for the issue that started this: The
question of the importance of portability
is one that (happily) rests with Matz,
and he seems to think it’s an important
After all, the Ruby community is a monarchy,
not a democracy. I’ve always said that a
benevolent dictatorship is still the best
form of government (but the "benevolent"
part is so hard to come by). That’s what
we’ve got here, so let’s enjoy it.
Of course, Matz is always open to suggestion
and debate. But let’s keep it friendly.
When I’m annoyed, I write Ruby code to cool
off. Try it. YMMV.