I just recently got "invited" to join in on a web project a few good friends are currently involved with. (Long story. Don't ask. )
But in order to do so, I'd need to get fairly conversant with Ruby and Ruby on Rails.
Now I'm not adverse to learning new things. But I'm also at the stage of my life where I'm not super gung-ho on learning yet another language unless it's one that could be so generally useful and productive that I'd be doing myself a disservice by not knowing more about it.
I've read up a bit on Ruby. The claims and the flames both seem to trend towards the extreme.
Is there anybody in the DoCo community that is either: using Ruby for something non-trivial, or has attempted to do so, that has an opinion on this language?