We are glad to announce that Ruby has become "Programming Language of the Year 2006".
Ruby has the highest popularity increase in a year of all programming languages
by their corresponding frameworks, Ruby On Rails and Ajax. This might be a new trend.
In the recent past it was necessary to have a large company behind the language to
get it in the spotlight (Sun with Java, Microsoft with C#), but nowadays a killer
app appears to be sufficient. Viral marketing via the Internet works! The winners of
the last 2 years, PHP and Java, are the losers of this year. Other trends that are
observed are the growth of dynamically typed languages and the fact that the
difference in popularity between languages is getting less.
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