Ruby: Productive Programming Language
For raw performance, C/C++ is still the best choice. For large multiplatform team efforts you may be best off with Java. But when it comes to delivering speed and proof-of-concepts, you should think seriously about using Python or Ruby. Perl I would reserve for system administration tasks.
Ruby has some distinct advantages over Python. It is a far cleaner OOP language with excellent features, and it supports Perl's regex type terse notation. It also scores high in enabling one to write short concise and maintainable code. In fact I do most of my development in Ruby now, touching Java and C++ only when I have to.
Ruby may not be a new paradigm, nor represent a new generation, but it combines the best of many programming languages and takes productivity to a new level. I am not original in stating that Ruby may supersede both Perl and Python and will make many a Java programmer envious.
Programming Ruby by David Thomas and Andrew Hunt, Addison-Wesley, October 2000, ISBN: 0201710897. Also on-line at www.rubycentral.com/book.
Ruby in a Nutshell by Yukihiro Matsumoto, November 2001, ISBN 0-59600-214-9. See www.oreilly.com/catalog/ruby for more information.
The Ruby Language web site is www.ruby-lang.org/en/.
The Ruby Application Archive contains many libraries and bindings and can be found at www.ruby-lang.org/en/raa.html/.
The pragmatic programmers are at www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/ruby/.
The C++ Programming Language, Bjarne Stroustrup, Addison-Wesley; ISBN: 0201700735
Pjotr Prins is senior developer for Causeway Technologies and has a real passion for development. He is convinced of the lower cost of maintenance of Linux systems (deploying some 30 ROCK Linux servers), Editor-in-Chief for the EUP E-zine and contributor to ROCK Linux and other open-source projects.
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