I contributed the amazing and world-changing sum of one single
spelling correction to Camping's source.
But _why opened up programming for me at a time when Apple's Hypercard
(my second language after Logo...) was being starved and I was
surrounded by alpha geeks with maths (yep, I'm in the UK) degrees
handling memory allocation in C and a father who - when I told him I
was learning to programme - replied: 'assembler or machine code?'
because that was his background. _why's approach restored my faith in
my own abilities, and made programming seem accessible again.
I think his 'hack education' initiatives spawned/encouraged a whole
load of similar initiatives ('Learn you a Haskell...' is just one
obvious example that comes to mind, although it's worth noting that
Alan Kay's Squeek predated _why's stuff, and he would have known about
Kay). That kind of playful-DIY-education approach is crucial component
in creating future programmers with a creative (in the broadest sense
of the word) streak.
I'm producing a short documentary on Why The Lucky Stiff which will
be shown at RubyConf in Denver.
I'd love to include details about camping in the film. If any core
contributors or developers live in the Austin or Seattle areas and
would like to participate, I'd greatly appreciate a chance to
interview you regarding _why's code-as-art and other topics.
Here's a trailer for the doc and a write up about it:
I'm respecting the privacy of _why's creator and not attempting to
contact him. The documentary is focusing more on the art and code of
Thanks for any feedback or help with this.
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