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Why has Ruby gained popularity just recently?

 
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Hi,

I've heard that Ruby is not a so new language. Why do you think Ruby has gained more popularity just recently?

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Ruby's biggest boost of popularity occurred between 2006 and 2008. It has tailed off a little lately as it's found most of its audience already. A lot of people jumped from languages like Perl and Python (and the less determined Java folks!) during that time.

I don't really like to admit it, but Ruby on Rails played a big part in getting people interested in Ruby. Before then, it was still a cool language but it was very Japan focused and there weren't many good libraries for it. Rails provided the impetus for people to get on board and start developing a lot of non-Rails stuff too. Ruby now has a library set as rich as for any other language.
 
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As I've heard it said: "Rails is the drug, Ruby is the addiction."
 
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Here is another one..

"Ruby is simple in appearance, but is very complex inside, just like our human body." - Yukihiro “matz” Matsumoto

 
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