Xavier Noria wrote in post #978629:
> On Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 9:15 PM, Noah Cutler <sit1way / hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Out of curiosity, most Ruby coders likely had experience in other langs
>> before coming to Ruby. What makes Ruby your preferred lang compared to
>> others you have used?
>
> Ruby is a language I love, but I have no preferred language. I have a
> bias towards general-purpose scripting languages though, did a good
> deal of Perl, and played around with Python for about a year. Reason
> is productivity, one flies implementing solutions to problems in
> scripting languages, and that's my motivation for doing development.
>
> I am restoring dev.rubyonrails.org munging a backup from the wayback
> machine in a mix of shell and Perl. Ruby could serve as well, but I
> have Perl ingrained in my brain for text munging :). Contradiction?
> Heresy? Not at all, my advice is to be fluent in as many languages as
> possible, and to just use them at your will. Don't get too emotional
> about your language choices.
>
> I've doing Ruby almost exclusively since 2005. I do love the language
> of course, but the reason I am doing Ruby is rather practical, I do
> Rails for a living so I better be good at Ruby.

Right, this is what I am coming to realize now, having more tools in the toolbox makes not only for a broader skillset, but for a more enjoyable programming experience.

As for, "Don't get too emotional about your language choices", if your day job was in PHP you would not say such things ;--)