I went to my very first technical conference this week - RubyConf! Clearly I have some thoughts about it. HERE WE GO!
There is a saying in the Ruby community - “Matz is nice, so we are nice.” Yukihiro Matsimoto, or “Matz” as he is more commonly known, is the chief designer of the Ruby programming language. Matz, as you may have already gathered, is also very nice. As a result, at some point this saying (and its abbreviation, MINSWAN) became a commonly repeated turn of phrase meant to represent the welcoming nature of the Ruby community as a whole.