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Evan Phoenix hired to work on Rubinius

by Werner Schuster on May 24, 2007 |
The situation for alternative Ruby implementations has changed significantly in the past year. First JRuby's core team was hired by Sun, then MS hired John Lam to work on IronRuby (a Ruby for .NET).

Now, EngineYard has hired Evan Phoenix who works on the Rubinius project. InfoQ recently featured an interview with Ezra Zygmuntowicz of EngineYard. EngineYard offers Rails hosting and makes use of virtualization to allow flexible solutions and easy scaling. Ezra Zygmuntowicz on hiring Evan Phoenix:
I’m really stoked about this. I think rubinius has so much potential that I am really happy to be able to support it. Starting next month Evan Phoenix is going to be working here at EY half time on ey [EngineYard] tools and such and half time on rubinius.
He follows with a quick explanation of Rubinius:
For those of your who aren’t familiar with rubinius you can read a bit more about it here. It’s a new implementation of ruby done in a smalltalk style with a small core VM written in C and almost everyting else written in ruby. Really, even String and Array and definied in ruby. Rubinius is going to open up core ruby hacking to the masses as the internals won’t be a bunch of gnarly C code thats really hard to grasp.
It's important to point one thing out: with Evan Phoenix being paid to work on Rubinius,  all Ruby implementations (Ruby, JRuby, IronRuby, Rubinius) now have paid developers working on them.

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Rubinius on Java? by Aslak Hellesøy

If the C core is really small it would be dead easy to reimplement it in say, Java and we'd have JRubinius! or .Net Rubinius!

Awesome!

Don't forget XRuby by Kamal Fariz

Don't forget XRuby. The main developer, dreamhead, was also picked up by ThoughtWorks.

Re: Rubinius on Java? by Ola Bini

Of course. In fact, we are seriously considering including a Rubinius-runtime with JRuby, since that would be quite easy and also yield large benefits.

JRuby by Ola Bini

As a small matter, I was hired by ThoughtWorks with the mandate of working about halftime on JRuby too. =)

Re: Rubinius on Java? by Werner Schuster

Yes... actually, the JRuby team was considering supporting Rubinius bytecodes (because that would allow to re-use Rubinius' Ruby -> Bytecode compiler). I'm not sure what the current status of that idea is.

Re: Rubinius on Java? by Werner Schuster

Yes... actually, the JRuby team was considering supporting Rubinius bytecodes (because that would allow to re-use Rubinius' Ruby -> Bytecode compiler). I'm not sure what the current status of that idea is.

Re: Don't forget XRuby by Werner Schuster

Yes, of course, Thanks for mentioning XRuby.

Re: JRuby by Werner Schuster

Yes. Blimey, the group of Ruby implementers is growing by the day.
Is there an official name for a group of Ruby implementers... you know, like "gaggle of geese" or "flock of seagulls"... how 'bout: "a Hashtable of Hackers" ...

Re: Don't forget XRuby by Li Guanglei

all Ruby implementations (Ruby, JRuby, IronRuby, Rubinius) ? all ?

Don't forget Ruby.NET either by Josh Graham

The CLR implementation from Dr Wayne Kelly's team at Queensland University of Technology that's been around quite a long time now.

rubydotnet.googlegroups.com/web/Home.htm

www.infoq.com/news/2008/01/johnlam-responds (to IronRuby v Ruby.NET)

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