Last Monday, we spent some time at the University of Tokyo, where we talked about Ruby and so on; quite a change of pace from the rest of the visit.
We’re talking about maybe funding some joint R&D; here we have Nutter and Enebo, the JRuby guys, doing some white-boarding with Koichi Sasada, also known as “Ko1 the YARV guy”.
Also in that meeting was this charming older gentleman who asked how many of us were going to be getting business cards, pulled out a little pen-and-ink set, and hand-lettered his name into a space in the middle for each of us.
That’s a collector’s item, because he turned out to be Ikuo Takeuchi (竹内 郁雄), best known as the inventor of the Tak function. Definitely an unexpected pleasure.
We had lunch at a nice little on-campus restaurant, then I gave a lecture on what’s new and Web 2.0 and all that jazz. It was packed, and the questions were intelligent. I learned that they’ve started teaching first-year undergrads Ruby instead of Java, and that Prof. Ko1 is doing some of the teaching. Wish I’d learned programming that way. [My first taste was FORTRAN tought by a useless drug hippie.]
The campus is a nice green academic oasis; central Tokyo needs all the green calm it can get. Here’s the central building, which I gather symbolizes the University.
Outside the University’s Red Gate, facing yet another busy grey concrete Tokyo streetscape, is this: