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Ben Lovy

Every link here suggests the opposite of what you're asserting. Even the graph showing it on the bottom of those four tools shows it has remained steady, not declined.

No, Ruby isn't poised to ever replace or even compete with C++ or JavaScript, but there's also nothing to indicate it's going anywhere for a long, long time. Yes, there are some companies that are migrating to Elixir, but I haven't seen anything suggesting that "most" companies are doing so is accurate. Instead, Ruby is continuing to mature and has a very well defined niche in the industry. The fact that many large systems (like GitHub, or DEV, AirBNB, Stripe, etc, etc.) continue to use it. Rails is declining, but Rails is not all of Ruby, and both Rails and Ruby continue to receive active ongoing development both in terms of core tools and ecosystem. It can both be alive and well and not the #1 language on ranking lists. There's gonna be Ruby to maintain for a long time, and on top of that there's still brand new Ruby code churning out too.

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Cleyson Leal Braga

In your argument you are defending legacy code ... it is the same as saying that PHP is growing because the internet uses wordpress, and saying that PHP is a great choice for 2020

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Ben Lovy

I don't know that I'm trying to mount a defence, just observing. Ruby has been "dying" since like 2007 but still has yet to actually get around to it, and I don't think anything is different now except that the language itself is much, much stronger than it ever was back then. I try not to feel too strongly one way or another about these things on a personal level, it's all just tools for a job. Ruby is a pretty good tool, I don't think it's accurate to say that Ruby suffers from the same inherent issues as PHP for greenfield development.