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Is Ruby Commercially Successful?

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Hey Authors of Ruby in Practice,
I warmly welcome to this forum and request you to give all the details like tutorials, books, your experiences, industry practices, commercial aspects etc of this book. As this is torrid time of financial fall down, can this language be the winner in getting better pay-checks. please look into the business aspect too.

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In my mind the jury is still out as to the long term viability of Ruby (will it become a major language like C++ and Java or will it be a flash in the pan language like ColdFushion eventually being only used in legacy shops) but in the short term there seems to be excess demand in the NYC market (and else from what I gather) for Ruby developers. While here in NYC the number of Ruby jobs may be smaller than the number of Java jobs, it is much harder for employers to fill those slots due to lack of developers. I'm seeing it used at a number of startups and also at a handful of big media companies in small trial areas.

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From another aspect, I found it encouraging to see the huge number of developers and good number of companies registered at
Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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