Here are 3 things why I believe the future of Ruby can be bright:

1) Lots of modern libraries are growing very fast these days
2) Modern Ruby implementations are in the works, and they show very promising improvements in performance. Especially TruffleRuby[1] and Ruby+OMR[2]
3) Rails seems to have less influence on the ecosystem these days (controversial? maybe)



@solnic I'd add three more points:

4) Ruby's ecosystem is big and a lot of libraries have become stable
5) Rails stays a good choice for webdev (at the same time agree with your on 3, it's healthy for the community to have more successful non-Rails projects)
6) It's more fun to program in Ruby than in comparable languages (still)

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@janl 6 is very subjective :) (even though I agree, and I tried other languages FWIW)

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