On Wednesday 26 April 2006 3:31 pm, Jake McArthur wrote:
Ruby: Good for those who like to make elegant solutions to their
problems. Tends to make readable programs that can be easily modified
later. More powerful than Perl (IMHO), but not as concise. Definitely
is the most enjoyable language to work with on a regular basis as it
does not hinder you with weird syntax or restrictions, for the most
I would argue that point. Back in 2002, when I was first learning Ruby,
coming to it from many years of using Perl for everything. To my joy I
that, in general, my newbie-Ruby code was shorter and more readable than
equivalent Perl of a type that I would actually use in production.
I’m not talking the ultra-compressed, obfusicated, line-noise Perl, but
kind of thing one writes when one wants to have a chance of easily
understanding it again 6 months later.
For a while I delighted in taking my Perl production code and rewriting
of it in Ruby, just to bask in it’s readability and it’s terseness. It
So, speaking as someone who uses Ruby for command line tools and system
automation scripts, I strongly support the use of Ruby for those sorts
things, in lieu of Perl.