I came from Python to Ruby so it was easy to pick up even if I didn't like at the beginning.
I honestly still don't love it (don't know, Python fits my brain better) but I'm incredibly productive with it, the community is immense and full of terrific people, Rails had a huge impact the world of web development and both Ruby and Rails are good and fast enough for most web projects.
Sometimes Rubyists take too many tangents on creating DSLs just because they can but I can live with that :D
I don't think Ruby would be as popular as it is or was without Rails.
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