Martin DeMello <martindemello / yahoo.com> wrote in message news:<XFVtc.579069$Pk3.488631@pd7tw1no>...

> Mostly that the more clever optimisation we use, the harder it's going
> to be to separate "ruby benchmarks better than python does" from "the
> ruby guys did a better job of implementing this than the python guys
> did". OTOH the fact that it's easier to do a better implementation in
> ruby may be more significant than the raw speed of the interpreter :)

Broadly, I agree. 

The differences due to implementation 'style' (OO & Original) are also
interesting to me. Does the language even allow a non-OO approach?
Does the type system get in the way?

All good, clean, fun ;-)