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Interview: Zed Shaw on Mongrel and Ruby in the Enterprise

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A new video interview with Zed Shaw gives a look at Zed's project Mongrel (a fast HTTP server/library) and ideas on how to make money with Ruby in the enterprise. The interview also includes Zed's recent ventures into languages such as Lua and Smalltalk. Another language, Factor, is mentioned as a good source for inspiration about improving Ruby's irb.

Besides Mongrel, Zed is the creator of  Utu. This led to two other projects: iHate, a client for Utu, and  Profligacy, a JRuby based library for creating Swing apps (InfoQ showed some of Profligacy's features, especially its solution to GUI layouts).

Check out InfoQ's interview with Zed Shaw.

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  • Factor vs. ANS Forth?

    by M. Edward (Ed) Borasky /

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    I'm curious what the fascination is with the Factor language versus its tried-and-true ancestor, ANS Forth. Forth has been around a long time. In fact, I suspect the whole concept of factoring originated in the Forth community. See

    prdownloads.sourceforge.net/thinking-forth/thin...

    for example. So what is it about Factor that grabs you where Forth doesn't/didn't?

  • Re: Factor vs. ANS Forth?

    by Werner Schuster /

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    I can't speak for Zed, but he mentions the GUI and development environment as interesting.
    Also: Factor seems to be very much in the spirit of Forth (at least as far as I can tell from all the stack based samples) ...

  • Ruby jobs

    by peter mariani /

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    Zed said there was a lot of Ruby jobs out there. When I look at the job sites I find a few for Ruby but a lot more for Java. Where does one find these Ruby jobs?

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