Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Ruby Book Sales Surpass Python

From the "What's Upcoming" Department:

I wish we could simply skip the annoying period of large companies dragging their feet on the adoption of Ruby as a post-Java language. Tim O'Reilly checked the numbers and found that Ruby books are up 1552% and now surpass Python.

This is important for people like me that waited a bit too long to switch from Java. I saw Python and Ruby both as good options and didn't fully jump into either. Learning a new language as a *primary language* is time and brain consuming enough that its not a lightweight matter. You learn to think in that language.

Luckily, with the popularity of Rails and the underlying "Zen Goodness" of Ruby, I'm hopefully optimistic that this stalemate will resolve itself on the side of Ruby. Don't get me wrong, I like Python, but to make inroads into the Post-Java World (ok, maybe the Alongside Java World) we need a good single contender.

Here's the O'Reilly Story:
Ruby Book Sales Surpass Python"

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