Presentation: Three Years of Real-World Ruby

by Werner Schuster on  Jul 14, 2009 12

Martin Fowler talks about ThoughtWorks's experience with using Ruby on client projects for the past three years, and the creation of a Ruby-based product 'Mingle'.

Roundup: Scala as the long term replacement for Java

by Dio Synodinos on  Jul 09, 2009 26

Scala has been receiving much attention lately as a possible candidate to replace Java in the future. James Strachan creator of Groovy advocates in favor of Scala as James Gosling, creator of Java and Charles Nutter JRuby Core Developer, have done in the past.

Android Gets Scripting Support with Python, Lua, Beanshell; Ruby planned

by Werner Schuster on  Jun 30, 2009

The Android Scripting Environment (ASE) project adds scripting functionality to Android. The native versions of languages like Lua and Python can script Android APIs exposed via JSON-RPC. Support for Ruby, as well as JVM-based languages is planned as well.

MacRuby Drops GIL, Gains Concurrent Threads

by Werner Schuster on  Jun 30, 2009 3

MacRuby joins the ranks of JRuby and IronRuby and moved away from Ruby 1.9's Global Interpreter Lock (GIL) in the experimental branch.

Ruby VM Roundup: IronRuby 1.0 Coming Up, RubySpec, JRuby 1.3.1

by Werner Schuster on  Jun 19, 2009

IronRuby's alive and kicking - and will go 1.0 in July. We look at some resources to get up to speed with IronRuby's status. Also: JRuby 1.3.1 is an important bug fix update for JRuby users, MacRuby continues to improve and MagLev now comes with a native parser.

DoS Vulnerability in BigDecimal

by Werner Schuster on  Jun 10, 2009

A DoS vulnerability has been found in all Ruby 1.8.x versions, fixes are now available in 1.8.6-p369 and 1.8.7-p173. Current JRuby versions also seem to be affected.

JRuby Roundup: JRuby 1.3 Released, ruby2java, JSR 292 Progress

by Werner Schuster on  Jun 09, 2009

JRuby 1.3 is now available, bringing performance improvements and compatibility with Google AppEngine. Work on other improvements is continuing and a first version of the ruby2java compiler is now available. Also: InvokeDynamic support is making it's way into the builds for the next Java version.

RubyGems Roundup: Fat Binary Gems, Is It JRuby and New Plugins

by Mirko Stocker on  Jun 02, 2009

Aaron Patterson has a solution for native Windows RubyGems that support both Ruby 1.8 and 1.9 at the same time: fat binary gems. Is It tracks JRuby compatibility for popular Gems; and some new RubyGems plugins emerged.

JRuby Roundup: GitHub:FI, JRuby on JBoss with TorqueBox, EngineYard with JRuby Support

by Werner Schuster on  Jun 02, 2009

GitHub now offers an installable version of the service for users who want to keep their code inside their network - and it's built on JRuby. TorqueBox is a new solution for running JRuby on Rails on JBoss, complete with integration for job queues and SIP integration Also: EngineYard announced it will start providing JRuby as a hosting option in July.

Interview: Talking RubyMine with JetBrains Developer Dmitry Jemerov

by Robert Bazinet on  May 19, 2009

Dmitry Jemerov is the lead developer of the RubyMine IDE project at JetBrains. RubyMine is the new integrated development environment from JetBrains focusing on helping Ruby and Ruby on Rails developers be more productive and efficient programmers.

Ruby VM Roundup: Nokogiri and Nailgun on JRuby, Ruby 1.9.1p129, MagLev Update

by Werner Schuster on  May 14, 2009

JRuby 1.3 will allow to reduce startup times in some situations using Nailgun. Nokogiri, a popular XML library, now runs on the latest JRuby thanks to ruby-ffi. Finally: Ruby 1.9.1-p129 is a new release that fixes a few bugs and security issues.

JRuby Roundup: JRuby 1.3RC1, Timeout, Nailgun

by Werner Schuster on  May 04, 2009

JRuby 1.3RC1 is now available and includes the changes required for running on Google App Engine. The release also includes a modified version of the timeout functionality. Also: adding Nailgun to the standard JRuby could reduce the impact of Java's slow startup times.

Implementation Roundup: Ruby 1.8.x update, JRuby on .NET, MacRuby and MagLev Progress

by Werner Schuster on  Apr 29, 2009

New versions of Ruby 1.8.6 and 1.8.7 are available now. JRuby development moves ahead with experiments with running JRuby on IKVM. Also: MacRuby continues performance work and MagLev now runs RubyGems.

The Future of ParseTree

by Werner Schuster on  Apr 22, 2009 1

The current Ruby 1.9.1 doesn't have the required features to allow ParseTree's runtime features to work - which means some libraries that depend on those features won't work. Examples are Merb's action arguments or heckle. We take a look at the state of ParseTree - and how ruby_parser is a possible way out.

JRuby on Google App Engine Roundup: DataMapper Adapter for DataStore, Reggae

by Werner Schuster on  Apr 21, 2009 1

While JRuby on Rails doesn't have ActiveRecord, DataMapper, an ORM often used with Merb, has gained a new adapter for Google App Engine's DataStore. Also: work on Reggae, automatic tooling for deploying Rack apps on GAE is under way.