||Ruby's Present and Future|
Response to: Speed
you're right about speed, but I'm not sure about features on windows.
IO on win sucked with 1.6 but with 1.8 it works fine.
More, Ruby has access to win32api, easy COM/OLE control, WSH via ActiveRuby, interesting stuff like win32utils (eventlog,service,clipboard), vruby (native windows gui), Delphi bindings..