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Ruby vs other programming languages

rai Bianca
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Joined: Apr 14, 2009
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How do you see Ruby competes with other programming languages, lets say 5 years or 10 years from now. Could it be as dominant as Java?
Michael Sullivan
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Joined: Dec 26, 2003
Posts: 235
Check out this infoQ bit where Martin Fowler, of ThoughtWorks, talks about using Ruby/Rails for three years - and their experiences.

To answer your question, I'm not sure that we'll see another single language dominate the way COBOL, Java, or .net have. I think we are in a new age of Polyglot programming where multiple languages will be the norm in 5-10 years. (JMHO)
Paolo Perrotta
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Joined: Mar 27, 2010
Posts: 27
Ruby is opening inroads in the enterprise, and that seems to be a growing trend. Also, the Ruby jobs market is on a slow but regular rise: http://www.indeed.com/jobtrends?q=ruby&l=

I see that Ruby is also a testbed for ideas that are then adopted by other languages, and I think it'll keep that role for the time being. Apart from that, I don't dare to predict the future 5 years from now... The Internet has a longer memory than that.


Paolo Perrotta, Europe
Author of Metaprogramming Ruby
http://www.pragprog.com/titles/ppmetr/metaprogramming-ruby
 
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