Come on this is getting stupid. Enough of the "Ruby sucks" or "Ruby is overhyped" or "I dont like Ruby and Im going to use such and such language instead and I just really felt the need to post here to let the world know" etc., and enough of the Ruby vs... nonsense already.

How are people using Ruby in their everyday work? What are the things about Ruby that people really like?

For me, the main use of Ruby right now is of course with Rails. I find it very productive and one of the niceset frameworks I've used.

I've also started using Ruby for more general scripting tasks. The Rake system looks very cool and I intend to start using it more in future.

I love the IRB console. Its great for quickly trying things out. I even load it up from time to time as a quick and easy calculator.