Ruby is easier than Java. It runs something like seven times slower but who cares? We’re still waiting for the database... When SSDs gain enough capacity there will be a shift from the Ruby world back to the Java world... the statement “Ruby is incredibly slow but I don’t care because my database is slower” will no longer be true. At that point Ruby (Python, Groovy, you name it) becomes the bottleneck.
I know I'm asking a slightly biased crowd here ;) but what do you think of Cringely's theory? Are Ruby, Python, and Groovy doomed in the coming solid-state takeover? Will Java be the language that makes a comeback, or will .NET or something new take a leading role?