I’m a systems integrator by trade, not a programmer, but I like to think that in a different life I might have made a good one. The last language I learned really well was REXX (even did socket and serial port programming with it [shudder]).
In any case, the urge to learn a programming language causes me angst every now and then, and Ruby has been stirring up . . . feelings in me.
Having just experienced Jay Phillips’ introduction to Adhearsion, the urges are getting stronger. Every time I hear Ruby proponents talk, they seem barely able to contain tears of joy. Observe Ruby programmers when they talk to each other: They always look at each other with a twinkle in their eyes: a gaze that suggests that they share in some marvelous secret. This seems to be a universal phenomenon.
Even folks that are not proponents seem to have a hard time finding bad things to say. The worst that I hear is something along the lines of “um . . . it’s pretty good” (and that is an attempt at criticism!).
Time to start reading . . .