Quote Originally Posted by DougBTX
The guy who wrote Java also thought about them, but also tuned them down
What I do find quite interesting about Ruby is the way that it seems to be going the complete opposite direction to Java, yet it's main non Japanse audience seems to be Java programmers (and to some degree PHP developers, which kinda makes sense as PHP seems to be going the Java route as well). The other intersting thing to me is the way that despite the hype about Ruby being something fairly new in the web programming field, the language it's self seems to be reintroducing a lot of features from old fashioned / "dead" programming languages like Perl / Smalltalk / Lisp. Funny how history repeats its self really.