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I'm not sure, most of my Ruby jobs are puppet and chef nowadays.

I promise that puppet and chef are not how the majority of people first hear of Ruby.

That really depends on your field of work. For web developers, maybe not, for admins: yes.

Also, they might not be the thing people hear about first, but they are still heavily driving actual adoption.

(FWIW: I'm chair member of the largest european Ruby non-profit, I speak to a lot of newcomers ;))

That's changing. I work at a Fortune 500 company that's strictly a Java shop and will probably never use Rails. Hardly anyone there has even heard of it. But we are using Chef to configure Red Hat VMs and deploy app builds.

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