From the summary:

"Folks at the Scriptometer conducted a practical survey of which scripting
language is the best. While question like that is bound to generate
flamewars between the usual Perl vs PHP, Python vs Perl, VBScript vs
everything crowds, the Scriptometer survey is practical: if I have to write
a script, I have to write it fast, it has to be small (less typing), it
should allow me to either debug itself via a debugger or just verbose output
mode. sh, Perl and Ruby won the competition, and with the difference of 1-2
points they were essentially tied for first place. Smalltalk, tcc, C# and
Java are the last ones, with Java being completely unusable in scripting
environment (part of that could be the fact that neither Java nor C# are
scripting languages). See the 'Hello world' examples and the smallest code
examples. Interesting that ICFP contests lately pronounced OCaml as the
winner for rapid development."

Link:

http://developers.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/12/2125229&mode=thread&t
id=126&tid=156

Sweet,

-rich