I looked into Ruby on Rails a few weeks ago after seeing it discussed on Slashdot and Perl Monks. There are some interesting ideas in Ruby on Rails, so I thought it would be a good idea to explore Ruby itself. It feels very much like Perl, as members of Perl Monks have mentioned in other posts there.
To get my head around Ruby I looked at the free online book, Programming Ruby. It’s a very easy read, and I think I got up to speed fairly quickly. I don’t think Ruby will replace Perl as my language of choice right now, but I do admit to being intrigued by the idea of passing blocks around. It feels very natural.