why the lucky stiff
(often known simply as Why
) is the persona formerly used by an anonymous and prolific writer, cartoonist, musician, artist, and computer programmer notable for his work with the Ruby programming language
. Along with Yukihiro Matsumoto
and David Heinemeier Hansson
, he was seen as a key figure in the Ruby community.
Why the lucky stiff was the keynote speaker at RailsConf
in 2006. He also had a speaking session titled "A Starry Afternoon, a Sinking Symphony, and the Polo Champ Who Gave It All Up for No Reason Whatsoever" at the 2005 O'Reilly Open Source Convention
held in Portland, Oregon
. It explored how to teach programming and make it more appealing to adolescents
On 19 August 2009, his online presence was drastically truncated; his accounts on Twitter and GitHub were shut down, along with many of his personally maintained sites. His projects have since been collected and centralized on the whymirror
His best known work is Why's Guide to Ruby
, Paul Adams of Webmonkey
describes its eclectic style as resembling a "collaboration between Stan Lem
and Ed Lear
". Chapter three was published in The Best Software Writing I: Selected and......