The Ruby programming language just made the A-list on the TIOBE Programming Community Index, and Ruby is now listed as a mainstream programming language. For the past three or four years Ruby has consistently placed in the high 20’s in this index, but is now placed as the 13th most popular programming language!
I double-checked this by looking at the download statistics for the One-Click Ruby Installer for Windows. The results are remarkably consistent with the TIOBE index. In October of 2005, the One-Click installer averaged about 3,000 downloads a month. Today, it is approaching 6,000 downloads a month.
BTW, if you follow the link to the download stats you will see a six-month spike in downloads that jumps up to 14,000 a month. I believe that this is an error in the RubyForge statistical data, so just pretend like that hump isn’t there.