Never heard of Ruby? Its that new hot language that is at the tipping point of blowing away all existing languages;-)
Read about it at http://ruby-lang.org, and of course don’t forget the great Ruby on Rails framework at http://www.rubyonrails.org that lets you build a data driven, Ajax style web site garanteed under 15 minutes. And the book “Agile web development with Rails” is absolutely a great reading.
Ruby is the interpreted scripting language for quick and easy object-oriented programming. It has many features to process text files and to do system management tasks (as in Perl). It is simple, straight-forward, extensible, and portable.
Oh, I need to mention, it's totally free, which means not only free of charge, but also freedom to use, copy, modify, and distribute it.
Adam’s Morgan Ruby User Group
DC Area Group
Northern Virginia Ruby Users Group
Ruby Garden Wiki