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Jim Weirich, Creator of Rake, Has Passed Away 109

SirLurksAlot writes "News is beginning to circulate on Twitter and various sites that Jim Weirich, the creator of Rake, has passed away at the age of 58. He was an active developer (his last commit in the last 24 hours) and has made many contributions to the Ruby community over the years, as well as being a prolific speaker and teacher. He had a great sense of humor and was beloved by many. He will be greatly missed."
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Jim Weirich, Creator of Rake, Has Passed Away

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  • FYI (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20, 2014 @06:31PM (#46299607)

    Hi, Slashdot has sold out to Dice, and Alice Hill and her MBA goons are working hard to drive to turn this into another Slashington Post. []

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  • R.I.P. (Score:4, Informative)

    by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @08:42PM (#46300649) Journal

    I used to debate Jim on Usenet about software design. He was one of the best debate partners I've ever encountered. He was patient, detailed, articulate, asked good questions, and was honest when he could only provide anecdotal information instead of directly inspect-able evidence. (An example is measuring grokkability of code or designs to typical maintenance developers.)

    A good many debaters turn it into a personal credibility battle when faced with anecdote-versus-anecdote impasses. Jim knew to let it go and let the stalemate be.

    We'll miss you Jim! You set a great example.


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