srdst13 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I write this with some trepidation, but have overcome enough of it to scribe:
I am simply a user of perl, not a guru. In fact, I have little formal training in computer science, let alone language theory. At two levels, I have been wondering about the comparison of perl and ruby, though. On the first level, ruby looks very much like what perl 6 might hold in store, but this is a question more than a statement. On the second level, I would be interested to hear from folks using both languages about a comparison of the "resources" offered by each--in practice, how well developed are the two languages relative to each other. Perl has CPAN, ruby has its RubyGems (and others?). I have invested a great deal of time in learning perl, including object-oriented coding and I don't plan to give that up. (I have not REALLY found a task that perl could not perform, yet.) I ask out of simple curiosity.
I appreciate any enlightenment from the Monks.