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Discussion on: I'm a Rubyist for ~15 years and CTO of a Rails consultancy, Ask Me Anything!

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John Alcher

If we are in a language marketplace and I'm a software developer looking to buy a new language to learn, what would be your sales pitch for Ruby?

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Michael Kohl Ask Me Anything

I'm not much into selling programming languages, everyone should use what feels enjoyable and productive to them.

That said, Josh Susser described Ruby as "the love child of Lisp and Smalltalk, raised by Perl the eccentric nanny", which I think is a most excellent description since it mentions all the main influences but also hints at the occasional quirkiness that arises from their combination.