Put Ruby on your radars, folks. It’s on the minds of the developers here at OSCON. While OSCON is normally dominated by PERL & Python Hackers this has been like an unofficial Ruby conference.
Ruby wasn’t a confernece track at last year’s OSCON, so this year’s was a bit of guesswork. Would people come? You might say they did. Every Ruby session was packed with standing, and sitting room only. There were perl hackers who admitted they we going to switch to Ruby. “What?” Yeah, I was equally blown away.
Matz, the founder and developer of Ruby, had said in his session that a good name for a project will take care of 80% of your design work for that project. Afterward we mused that a good leader will take care of building a community around a project and that it was equally if not more important than the project itself. Those in the session felt that Ruby had these thing going for it. Aside from being based on what I see as the best aspects of perl and python, and it being a great thing, we see that while Ruby has a great start, it has a great future.
Watch for the possibility of a State of the Gem address next year.
P.S. I started a Ruby Wiki (wikis being another big topic this year) this morning.
What do you think of Ruby?