Ruby is on the rise in programming circles according to Darryl Taft.
It is the "new and cool" language that is clean, concise, and above all, elegant.
What might be holding Ruby adoption back?
- Lack of significant large scale deployments - this will come
- Lack of stewardship - this is not required for "success"
- Lack of job postings for professional Ruby developers - this will come
What is the take away?
If Ruby is the fastest growing programming language it is definitely worth adding to your developer's toolbox. If the estimates are correct then growth from 1 million to 4 million developers is very significant. An updated JVM and enhancements to JRuby will definitely spur new deployments across the board.
As you are discovering Ruby, you should consider throwing IDS 11 Developer Edition or DB2 Express-C 9.5 into the toolbox along side the Rails and Ruby handbooks.