extraordinarily insightful comments, robert!  thank you very much.

i especially like your note about a "niche language which amazes you". 
although i am seeing ruby less of a niche language and more of a glue 
language.  is there anything perl can do that ruby cannot do?  i am 
suspecting probably not.

side-note - one has to wonder why would more people be supposedly
searching for COBOL.  but i suppose if vinyl recorded music could make a
comeback maybe COBOL can too.  good thing i saved my cobol manuals.


+"<language> programming"  -- arrow symbols in the search string:  you
learn something new every day around here !

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