The upcoming MacRuby release will have some features that allow to embed the runtime and use Ruby to script Objective-C based applications.
John Lam talks about his path to dynamic languages, some of the problems of making IronRuby run fast, and how the DLR helps with implementing languages.
A new project has been created for developers using IronRuby to write applications with a Ruby on Rails like experience. The project is called IronNails and is ready for developers to give it a go today.
Many developers who know a particular programming language and want to learn a second one, often find it the hardest language to learn but subsequent languages being easier. Any developer who knows C# and has an interest in learning IronRuby can find a tutorial series on learning IronRuby based on knowledge of C# from CodeThinked.
John Lam demonstrates two new products from Microsoft, IronRuby and ASP.NET MVC, working together. While it will probably never replace Ruby on Rails, it is an interesting look into the new technology.
Antonio Cangiano started the Ruby Benchmark Suite project, which aims to collect a comprehensive set of benchmarks that users and implementers of Ruby can use to compare different implementations. We talked to Antonio about his plans and he gave us a timeframe for the next Ruby shootout.
There is a lot of basic functionality the .NET platform does not provide. For example, there is no built-in way to read CSV files, copy directories, or work with zip files. Well actually there is, but only if you dig deep enough.
Big news just in: John Lam claims IronRuby runs Rails. In other Ruby VM news, the Rubinius team is experimenting with method inlining. Also: Ruby 1.8.7 has been released.
Busy times for Ruby implementors recently, with regular design meetings set up (next one 30th April). The work on a Ruby Spec is continuing - with projects in GSoC and plans for continous integration for Ruby 1.8.x set up. Rubinius switched from C to C++ to implement it's core VM, but continues to use Ruby as implementation language.
The Dynamic Language team at Microsoft recently introduced its latest technology called Dynamic Silverlight (DSL) at the MIX08 Conference in Las Vegas.
SapphireSteel's Ruby in Steel IDE for Visual Studio just added another feature: JRuby support. This includes a new fast debugger for JRuby. We talked to Huw Collingbourne about this new feature.
JRuby project lead Charles Nutter discusses how he got involved with JRuby, Sun's involvement with JRuby, how JRuby fits into enterprise-level web applications, the possibility of a friendly fork of the OpenJDK source code, reasons for switching to JRuby, the future of JRuby, Spring and JRuby, and the Ruby community as a whole.
John Rose, a key designer behind Sun's new Da Vinci Machine project initiative, and Charles Nutter of the JRuby project, contrast dynamic language support and optimization on the JVM and Microsoft's Dynamic Language Runtime.
In the wake of the demise of Chandler personal information management project, a discussion has occurred on TSS about the scalability potential of dynamic languages. Ted Neward attempted to go beyond language quarrel in order to provide some structured insights on this issue.
Dr. Wayne Kelly, of the Ruby.NET project, announced he'll be shifting his focus to Microsoft's IronRuby, partly due to the DLR technology. However, it's not certain whether this means the end of the Ruby.NET project.