Whether it's LISP macros or LINQ's expression trees - access to the AST of code is a powerful tool. We look at how ParseTree allows this in Ruby - and how it's being used in libraries like Ambition, Sequel and the web framework Merb.
Dynamic Languages are all the rage over the last year. Thanks to Llewellyn Pritchard two classics, Lisp and Scheme, are receiving the attention they deserve to run on the .NET runtime.
Continuing our coverage of Lisp, we present some of the efforts underway to port the venerable language to the .NET runtime. Variants we look at include IronLisp, LispSharp, and Common Larceny.
When the developers at Paragent needed to build a web-based IT administration tool, with a bare minimum of time and money, they did it with... Common Lisp? InfoQ asked Paragent CTO Tim Latchey why they chose Lisp, and what it offers to agile development teams.
A long standing complaint about Lisp is the lack of high quality libraries. While the truth of this is disputed, there is certainly value in having access to the wide array of libraries found in the .Net platform.
Ruby creator Yukihiro Matsumoto recently starred in the first of six short videos exploring the relationship between Ruby and Agile methodologies. Matz features along with Kenji Hiranabe and Shintaro Kakutani. Kenji is a self confessed ‘Agile agitator’ and Japanese translator of multiple XP/Agile books. Shintaro is a strong Ruby proponent.
Software-Engineering Radio, the "Podcast for Professional Software Developers" has published their exclusive interview of InfoQ's own Ruby editor Obie Fernandez about Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) and how Ruby facilitates writing internal DSLs.