Joined: Sep. 2005
||Posted: Aug. 07 2008,20:26
An old thread, but I feel like a chat.
I think Ruby is a really interesting, clean looking language. It inherits a lot from Perl without Perl's oft lack of readability, is like a Perl cousin, and sometimes is regarded as the next evolution of Perl (a bit of a stretch).
I probably will learn Python first though, though I'm more attracted to Ruby's clean lines.
All of Python's triple inverted commas and the >>> and the one-way-of-doing-things I find very annoying after Perl, where there is always many ways to do anything. But Python +/- Django is just being used so much everywhere, it's becoming the ubiquitous industry de facto scripting language for a lot of the things that Perl was used for in the past, whereas Ruby's one only big (very big) claim to fame is Rails.
Have to confess I still like Perl, even if I have to re-learn it every time I use it (lol!)