Haha, I just had a laugh when opening the Ruby homepage. It shows some code that prints out a text on the display:
# The famous Hello World
# program is trivial in
# Ruby. You don't need:
# * a "main" method
# * newline escapes
# * semicolons
# Here's the code:
puts "Hello World!"
This reminded me of my first programming experience on a homemade computer (early 80's), which was a line of code in a programming language called BASIC. It must have been something like:
Which also had no "main" method and also did not need semicolons and newline escapes.. Later, I had a look at the 20 minutes introduction to Ruby. There I read that you could simply move up the cursor and change a line of code in the 'IRB' (the Ruby shell) - just like in BASIC.
So, after over 20 years, we're back to BASIC! :-)