Stack Overflow & Ruby Dictionary for Mac

February 8th, 2009  |  Published in ruby

Stack Overflow is a programming Q & A site that’s free,” with a hint of what’s come before from places like Advogato.

It’s been turning up more and more in searches for help, and I found myself deliberately going there to find an answer this weekend. When nothing came close enough to what I was after, I broke down and registered to ask my question. All the answers were helpful from one perspective or another, and I was glad to get one answer provided in the same ‘teach a person to fish’ spirit as I’d framed my question.

I think I like the site because it feels more, what, well ventilated? than a traditional support board. I wasn’t sure what to make of the incentive system, but on some reflection I’ve decided it beats encouraging people to lunch for “+1 – Funny.”

Also on the ‘getting help’ tip: a Ruby dictionary for Spotlight/OS X. Install it, invoke Spotlight, type in your query, get back RDOC:

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