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Report: Ruby use on the rise

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According to a new study from Evans Data, Ruby use is on the rise in North America. On a year over year basis, Ruby usage has increased by 40 percent so far in 2009.

But, even with the big increase, Ruby is still far from being pervasive. Evans' study found that only 14 percent of developers in North America use Ruby some of the time. They are currently forecasting the number to rise to 20 percent for 2010.

The new results are from Evans Data's latest North American Development Survey which received input from 400 developers.

The rise of Ruby, which is open source, is being complemented in a rise in Linux usage as a target platform for development. It's not all positive for open source though in the Evans study. The report also found that commercial SQL databases -- by a wide margin (2.5x) -- are more likely to be used than an open source SQL database for primary database operations.

"The increasing adoption of developers using scripting languages correlates with today's overall emphasis on web centric applications which have to be highly malleable to rapidly changing market driven requirements," said John Andrews, President and CEO of Evans Data in a statement. "Interestingly, while we see Linux continue to increase as a target platform, this category of development reflects the greatest growth in targeting a non windows target platform."

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