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    So you are going to go with Python?

    Have you considered Ruby as well?

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    Yeah, going with python. Been reading for the last couple of hours, and it looks pretty easy, compared to, say, c.

    Looked at ruby in the past. Couldn't really think why I'd want to know it though. PHP/AJAX/ASPX/Silverlight handles most web base needs very nicely. Ruby seemed a little too niche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Looked at ruby in the past. Couldn't really think why I'd want to know it though. PHP/AJAX/ASPX/Silverlight handles most web base needs very nicely. Ruby seemed a little too niche.
    Being a big fan of Ruby I can't see why it would be niche? I do all my coding in Ruby these days, web apps, console scripts, windows GUI apps, games, whatever... maybe I'm just biased, or perhaps Ruby on Rails has just become too well known for Ruby's own good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chillibear View Post
    Being a big fan of Ruby I can't see why it would be niche? I do all my coding in Ruby these days, web apps, console scripts, windows GUI apps, games, whatever... maybe I'm just biased, or perhaps Ruby on Rails has just become too well known for Ruby's own good
    The reason I think 'niche' is that I have yet to see any job advertisements asking for it. I've seen python ads (even google had advertised for python people), perl ads, c# ads, java ads, c++ ads etc... But no Ruby.

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    That makes more sense, sorry I assumed you meant niche in the sense that what could be achieved with it as a language was limited (based on the sentence about web based needs). Granted it isn't as highly in demand a quick search on one job board gives me 88 ruby jobs vs 237 python ones.
    Last edited by Chillibear; 19th August 2010 at 11:34 AM. Reason: typo

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    C++ and .NET still seem to be the most common in job adverts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somabc View Post
    C++ and .NET still seem to be the most common in job adverts.
    Yup. Already a keen user, so adding more to my list.

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    Google advertise for Python developers as YouTube is almost completely in Python and alot of their webserver search stuff is written in Python also.

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    They wrote their own faster interpretation of Python

    unladen-swallow - Project Hosting on Google Code

    The book _why's (poignant) guide to ruby is nearly enough to make me want to learn ruby!

    why’s (poignant) guide to ruby :: 3. A Quick (and Hopefully Painless) Ride Through Ruby (with Cartoon Foxes)

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    Really enjoying Python. Making myself a google app engine app, to chuck myself in the deep end.

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    Python is a great language to pick up quickly, without a lot of the hassle of Java / C variants.. good luck..

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    Ruby, because Perl is for people who write perl all day, and python has the weird v2 vs v3 thing going on, so you have to learn both.

    Of course in reality all I write is vbscript

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavhc View Post
    Ruby, because Perl is for people who write perl all day, and python has the weird v2 vs v3 thing going on, so you have to learn both.

    Of course in reality all I write is vbscript
    I've gone with Python v2, as it is the most used variety at the moment, and v3 is basically the same as v2 but with a few changes - not an entirely new language.

    Maybe once I've got to grips with python, I'll investigate another language.



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