Hot skills: could Ruby be the jewel in the crown of scripting?
Ruby is a relative latecomer among scripting languages but it has developed a distinct niche for itself. In an increasing number of job adverts it is part of an either/or pair with Python. Like Python, Perl, PHP and Tcl, it is downloadable, and there are plenty of free online resources to help you learn it.
Ruby is an interpreted scripting language for object oriented programming. Enthusiasts describe it as simple, extensible and portable.
Ruby is beginning to figure in the portfolios required from Java, C/C++ and web developers, often as an alternative to Perl and Python. Ruby developers typically earn between £35,000 and £40,000.