I knew that one day someone would ask ;)

  http://www.rubygarden.org/ruby?WhatIsRuby

The link to Wikipedia entry at the end is good too.

T.

P.S. This is a rip from Hal (thanks Hal!) but if anyone would like to work on 
it then please do!

On Wednesday 20 October 2004 08:47 am, Curt Hibbs wrote:
| Yesterday, a co-worker came into my office and saw the shiny, new pickaxe
| II book on my desk and said "What is Ruby?"
|
| Unfortunately, I really blew the opportunity as I attempted to come up with
| a brilliant one or two sentence description. The best I could muster was
| something like, "Uhh... err... it's kind of like perl or python but much
| better." How lame is that!
|
| To avoid this in the future, I would a like to have a stock reply ready to
| go. A few short sentences that clearly crystallize what Ruby is and why the
| asker should care. Once I make it past this introduction (in situations
| where there is time and its appropriate) I can talk endlessly in-depth
| about Ruby. But I want to be able to make that good first impression
| without tripping all over myself... An impression good enough to make them
| want to know more.
|
| So, I wanted to ask all of you, what would your answer be to the question
| "What is Ruby"?
|
| Thanks,
| Curt
|
| PS
|   I'll collect the responses and post them on the WhyRuby? site
| (http://whyruby.rubyforge.org).