[rspec-users] OK... What is ... fu ?
matt at mattwynne.net
Fri Jan 30 10:07:18 EST 2009
On 30 Jan 2009, at 14:49, James Byrne wrote:
> Pardon my ignorance, but exactly what does _fu mean WRT Ruby plugins,
> gems and such?
> I have run across this suffix a number of times in Ruby and Rails,
> always in connection with some add-on or extension. In the original
> context that I encountered '_fu' I inferred that it probably stood for
> file upload. However, its widespread use in other contexts evidently
> disproves this interpretation. So, does it have a meaning? Does it
> derive from the foo in foobar? Does it stand for functional update?
> is it an obscure cultural reference to Ruby's Japanese origins?
Think 'Kung Fu' and you're getting there. It's a bit like The Force.
Or what Robert M. Pirsig calls 'gumption'.
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