Quote Originally Posted by joflow
Well then I guess there is hope of speed improvements then.

I'm not really bashing ruby...I've never used it personally. I'm in the process of setting up a site with ruby as a trial run and I'll begin development as soon as I find some good tutorials on rails (seems hard to find good resources on the framework).
Pick up the "Agile Web Development with Rails" book from the Pragmatic Programmers. That's been the best source of information for me (and you can find it on Amazon for under $25), along with the Ruby on Rails API for when I get stuck on how to use something in the framework.