RubyConf 2007: Ropes: An Alternative to Ruby's Strings

Posted in Conferences, Development on July 18, 2008


RubyConf 2007: Ropes: An Alternative to Ruby's Strings

There are a number of somewhat disparate goals for this talk:

  • Provide a basic understanding of the Rope data structure to those who'd not seen it before.
  • Show how some of the nice elements of Ruby made some implementation details trivial.
  • Emphasize the benefit to the Ruby community of having a large number of “drop-in” data structures available.
  • Remind Rubyists that data structures (and the computational complexity associated with them) often trump the inherent speed of any given language.
  • Encourage the Ruby community to participate in the annual International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP) Programming Contest.

Author: Eric Ivancich

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Tags: Conferences, Ruby, Confreaks, RubyConf 2007, Ropes, data structures