Please rate my scripts.

Carl Youngblood carl at
Mon Apr 14 09:35:09 MDT 2008

One oddity I see in the ruby script is your assumption that the script
will be executed in a certain place:

DIR  = __FILE__ ).dirname.dirname.realpath
DICT = DIR + 'doc/aspell.en.pws'

How do you know that the doc/aspell.en.pws stuff will be two
directories above the script being executed?

On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 9:29 AM, Stuart Jansen <sjansen at> wrote:
> I'm thinking about writing some training material examining the
>  development of a short but real world shell script. By the time the
>  script is completed, it becomes obvious that the shell is good for
>  simple problems but eventually one should consider a less quirky
>  language. I'm toying with the idea of including a translation of the
>  script to Perl, Python and Ruby.
>  The target audience is system administrators, possibly with no previous
>  programming experience. I want the scripts to use the same algorithm as
>  the shell script, be readable by a newbie, but also capture the flavor
>  of each language. Because I consider myself a jack of all languages,
>  master of none, I'd appreciate if you took a moment to check my
>  translation to your favorite language and let me know if I've done
>  anything offensive.

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