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> My objective is to better understand how computers work, how ruby works...

Check out Pat Shaughnessy's Ruby Under a Microscope [0].

It gives a nice overview of the internals of MRI. It doesn't cover a who lot of the C code, but references plenty of it and where it can be found in the source code of MRI. Grab the book, the source for MRI, and do some digging.

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Ruby-Under-Microscope-Illustrated-Int...




Agreed. I was at a Hackerspace years ago that worked on this principle, and wanted to start lower than that.

http://nand2tetris.org/course.php

Alas, I left before I could really get into it, and never had the peer pressure to understand a lot of core CS way over my head.




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