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  • Programmed in Perl for 7 years. Did OO Perl for a while. Found Ruby about a year ago in the Dr. Dobb's article. Now I program in Ruby whenever I can.

    Think of Ruby as Perl 6, except that it's available now!

    Seriously, Ruby is quite easy for Perl programmers to grok - I felt as comfortable in Ruby as I was in Perl after only a couple of weeks. Of course now I feel more comfortable in Ruby - and I really don't want to do anymore OO Perl (makes my eyes hurt). Of course that's the risk you'll be taking b
    • by the way (155) on 2001.12.07 18:14 (#2194)
      I'm interested in trying Ruby, but the thing I most love about Perl is CPAN. Is Ruby's library support good? If I want to make a pre-forking server in Perl, I use Net::Server, to talk to any server out there there's a Net::foo module for my needs, for number crunching there's PDL, for text formatting there's Text::Autoformat, ... How much of this stuff is around for Ruby?
      • Admittedly, Ruby's RAA is not so nearly full of modules as is Perl's CPAN. Interestingly enough, a discussion about porting Perl modules to Ruby errupted today on comp.lang.ruby. Currently, people are porting modules on an 'as needed' basis, but now it is being suggested that we go and figure out what the most popular Perl modules are and just port them over.

        Maybe we should require that all new converts from Perl to Ruby bring a module with them then it wouldn't be too long before we had most of CPAN du
        • I actually attended the first Ruby conference down in Tampa, and the RAA is eventually going to get an overhaul (known now as RAA.succ). This was one of the main topics on the second day.

          We basically used CPAN & the current RAA as a starting point, but it will go beyond just look & feel. There's a need in Ruby for a consistent installation & testing mechanism for modules.

          The problem now is actually getting someone to actually *implement* the suggestions.

          As the above poster already mentio