[rspec-users] OK... What is ... fu ?

Matt Wynne 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?  
> Or,
> 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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