Obie writes a bang-up piece in praise of Ruby. Coming from ThoughtWorks, I know just where he's speaking from when he says:
The nubys that do not have OO programming experience are being helped by Ruby old-timers and the other significant group of developers streaming into the Rails community: senior Java developers looking for something better that what we have to deal with now.Yes, I am one of those senior Java developers. And where did I first hear of Ruby? At ThoughtWorks. If a long-time, hard-core, high-end shop like ThoughtWorks is preaching Ruby to clients like some vanguard of the proletariat, then the revolution is well underway.