I have the books, I have the project, I don't have the time... but I need to do something.
I've been trying to start a project for a few months... pretty simple web-based db type application. I will be creating the first application/database that will be built upon and used for many things in the future. I will be using Apache, MySQL and Linux. I own the server.
So what do I want to learn, Ruby or Python? Here are my basic thoughts... I'm interested in yours as well.
Python good: Looks neat; I'd use Plone as a CMS to get started. Lots of development.
Python bad: Whitespace sensative! Which freaking version? I need Zope for Plone, but I can't use the latest because CentOS needs an older Python for yum, etc. The new version of Python breaks the older stuff. wtf? no compatability?
Ruby good: Looks neat, lots of momentum... rising in the top used languages a lot. Has Rails framework.
Ruby bad: OOP to the max. Uses a lot of characters in language @ =>. Non-strict rules for formatting method calls (can be puts ("some stuff") or puts "some stuff")