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Hello anyone. I've been programmin in Ruby for about 2 years, and try to use it whenever I need a utility or small application for automating some mundane task so I can keep up to speed with it. Most of my day-to-day work is done in C#, VB6, and sometimes Java.
I'd like to see if we can find a way to get some interest here so there will be more discussion and questions about Ruby. Probably not, I suppose, or it would already be happening.
In my area, the job postings rarely request Ruby programmers, and I've only met a few folks at various programmers user groups who are using it, or even working with it on a regular basis.
I keep an eye on this forum from time to time, but as you say its pretty quiet. I learned ruby last year, and moved my organisational intranet accross to using rails shortly afterwards. There doesn't seem to be much call for ruby skills yet, but I have a feeling that rails in particular is going to be massive, so I'm trying to be a little ahead of the curve on it. I'm mainly into perl, java and bits of php and c.
I messed with Rails for a while, but since we don't use it at work it was just a learning experience.
I mostly work in C#, VB6, and Java - along with all the supporting stuff like SQL, XML/XSLT, etc.
Ruby has been fun to work with, and I've enjoyed learning it - I just don't have much use for it on the projects at work. I'm hoping to find more little projects that are incidental to what our "real" work is so that I can continue to get practical experience with Ruby.
You are making a little joke, I think?
But if you are serious, Ruby is an open-source object-oriented scripting language that is a lot of fun to play around with. I've written a few serious utilities in Ruby, and try to use it whenever I get a chance.
The main benefit to me so far is that it gets me thinking a little differently than the other languages I use in my daily work.
You can easily download the installers and start messing with it in just a few minutes, and the resources on the web are continuously growing.
Nothing I have written in Ruby is available on line.††The apps I have are utilities I use in developing code (mostly C#), doing XSLT transformations, making backups of files, managing configuration files, and other stuff like that.
But there is a lot of code on line including a lot of open sources stuff.