A hand-drawn copy of a comic panel from why's (poignant) guide to Ruby on a traffic light in Austin, Texas.
It's August 19th, which in some circles is known as Whyday. If you're not familiar with what this day's about or where its name comes from, you might want to read our earlier article, Whyday is Friday. I like to think of this day as a reminder to bring a sense of whimsy, sharing, fun and wonder to your work, whether it's programming or anything else.
I must tip my hat to the appropriately-surnamed Josep M. Bach, whose Whyday contribution is Niki, "the first stable, documented version of Niki, a ruby DSL to write songs". Programming and music -- what could be more fitting?
Wyatt Greene, on this blog Techiferous, is celebrating Whyday with an article about programming archetypes featuring _why-esque comic illustrations. Nicely done!
Andrei Volkov tweeted: "I just MUST use #whyday to promote my translation of Why's Poignant Guide to Ruby into Russian." Keep at it, Andrei, and...spaceeba!
The RubyLearning blog is celebrating WhyDay by announcing the 8th batch of their "Ruby with Shoes" course. Shoes is a great little Ruby GUI toolkit that _why whipped up, and there's nothing that makes learning a new programming language fun like the immediate satisfaction and feedback of a desktop app.
Gogol is a game that's written in Ruby, minimalist and brain-teasing. This is right up _why's alley.
As for me, I'm doing my bit to spread the word about Whyday, working on a few ideas to help people get better at programming and ecommerce (which includes making more videos like this one), mixing music with coding with the assistance of my trusty travelling accordion as well as relearning all the Ruby I've forgotten over the past couple of years working at the Empire and sharing what I learn along the way.
I feel incredibly fortunate to be at Shopify (I've been with the company a shade more than three months), away from the Fortune 50 corporate world and back in the land of startups, programming languages like Ruby and CoffeeScript, and where whimsy and the willingness to take chances and try new things is greatly appreciated. It's been a wild and crazy year for me both personally and professionally, and it's only increased my appreciation for bringing the spirit and sense of fun to my work in the same way that _why did. I hope Whyday does the same for you.
Happy Whyday, and happy hacking!
(If you're doing or did something interesting for Whyday, drop me a line and I'll mention you and your activity in an upcoming blog post!)