OK, I've broken down and am looking into the Ruby thing.
First thoughts, love the syntax, great to be back in scripting environment again after years away, love gems (cpan rip-off but very nice), hate the fact that Ruby is not thread-safe... yet???
In all, Rails is what brought me to this. I like the way things are convention over configuration...
I've only just started, have some ideas I want to try out... we'll see, just having fun for now... ;)