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Interview: Avi Bryant on MagLev and GemStone

by Werner Schuster on Jun 13, 2008 | NOTICE: The next QCon is in San Francisco Nov 3-7, Join us!
In this interview Avi Bryant, creator of the Smalltalk Seaside web framework and Co-CEO of DabbleDB talks about GemStone's MagLev project. The interview, taped at QCon London 2008 earlier this year, was one of the first public mentions of GemStone's Ruby implementation MagLev. At the time of the interview, the project had only been going for a few weeks (you'll note  the name MagLev isn't mentioned).

Avi explains the reason for his involvement in the project, the plans (as they were then) for making Ruby work on the GemStone VM, and how GemStone's existing product features, such as transparent persistence and distribution, compare to existing manual approaches using systems like memcached.

Finally, a question from the audience brings up the topic of multiple Ruby implementations and whether they can be seen as a good or bad thing, in light of the fragmented Smalltalk market.

The interview mentions a few articles/blog posts which give further explanations of some of the discussed topics:
Watch the "Avi Bryant interview on MagLev and GemStone".

Note: This interview is one part of a longer interview with Avi - the second part will be published on InfoQ soon and include topics such as Seaside, more discussion of Gemstone and GLASS, DabbleDB's design and persistence strategy with Squeak, and much more.

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