Ruby is a ﬂexible and dynamic programming language, designed to provide the ideal balance of power and simplicity. Released in 1995, Ruby was developed to draw on the strengths of existing programming languages and to deal with the rapidly growing capabilities of computer systems. Today it is one of the worldʼs most widely used programming languages, touted by many as being the most ﬂexible and intuitive language for a variety of applications.
Programmers will appreciate Rubyʼs sparse, efﬁcient syntax and logical framework, built to mirror the way the human mind thinks. Ruby was designed to blend the strengths of Perl, Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada, and Lisp, intended to create a language more powerful than Perl and more object-oriented than Python. Because of its mixed heritage, Ruby is easy to learn as a second programming language and can be adapted to interface with C/C++, Perl, Fortran, and even Java.
Users of applications written in Ruby will appreciate its fast, reliable performance and efﬁcient handling. Rubyʼs proﬁciency as a web language and its ability to interact directly with existing applications such as Google search, Amazon, and PayPal make it a excellent choice for easy-to-use integrated web applications for businesses, while its powerful and intuitive framework make it the ﬁrst choice of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration when they need fast, powerful, data processing for realtime satellite imaging and complex computer simulations.
The developers of Ruby openly acknowledged that there is no such thing as a perfect programming language. They created Ruby to be the ideal blend of strengths to produce exceptional ﬂexibility and efﬁciency. The result is a language which is powerful and reliable for both web and ofﬁce applications.