I have spent most of my career using PHP, Perl, C# and VB .NET for web
development. I have heard and read very good things about ruby and ruby
on rails and have considered switching to them.  What are some benefits
to using Ruby instead of the other prementioned languages. How does
ruby on rails perform and how easy is it to learn. If anyone has
personal experiences they would like to share it would be greatly
appreciated. I hope to start trying out Ruby later this week.

Thanks,
d.spohn