even though both Ruby and Rails have notoriously steep learning curves
As much as I loathe Zed Shaw's 'internet tough guy' personality, he is correct that _why's deletion of his code repositories and projects (without prior warning and while active projects were based on it) was a total asshole move.
but as an open source developer, I can say wholeheartedly that my projects are mine to do with what I wish
I think Perl gets a bad rap for unmaintainability; the blame really rests on the developers who use it badly, and you can write unmaintainable code in any language. (Having said that, in my career I've been handed some absolutely heinous perl code.)
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