Martin Fowler has posted a strong endorsement of the Ruby community on his Bliki. Robby has echoed similar sentiments on his Robby on Rails blog. I have not interacted with the Ruby community all that much, but everything I’ve seen so far has been very positive. I’m inclined to agree with Robby that that this is largely due to the cultured nature of many Ruby developers, who come from many other languages such as Java, .NET, PHP, Perl, etc. Regardless of whether we are building websites or complex enterprise applications, I have a feeling that most of us have had enough experience with other, less elegant programming languages and frameworks to allow us to really appreciate the elegance of Ruby and the Ruby on Rails framework, and this shared enthusiasm may very well be what’s drawing the community together.