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What do we think the chances are that Ruby will join the
Perl,Java,C,C++,PHP,Python,... list?

Seems like a nice language, but it also seems to have an uphill battle.


Tim Hickey wrote:

Another important thread in this How-will-Lisp-take-over-the-world  :)  is

  Why do *real* programmers
    (as opposed to Real Programers)
  use Perl,Java,C,C++,PHP,Python,...
    (and not Scheme, Dylan, Lisp, ML, Haskell, Self, Smalltalk, Icon,
     Prolog, Ruby, APL, J, BRL, my-favorite-language ...)?

Some of the reasons disucssed on this list are technical,
some are psychological (cognitive complexity of nesting, language weight...)
some are social (network effect, killerapp phenomenon)
some are educational (structure of Computer Science curricula, existence
                      of texts and tutorials).

Its a complex question and this list has been a great way (for me) to
gain some insight into the problem.