zenspider.com by ryan davis

Ruby is a fairly new language out of Japan that apparently is very popular there. I’ve heard it is more popular than python there, but I haven’t seen anything (yet) to confirm that rumor. Ruby is a clean, very-OO, small, well ported scripting language with a good class library. I’m really enjoying using/learning it.

To review, it has full reflection mechanisms and a fairly simple syntax. Unlike python, it combines a lot of smalltalkism and perlisms which makes it very intuitive to use. As the programmatic guys say “it works the way you expect it to”. I think this thing has already beat out python as far as my preferences go. It really has its shit together.