Friday, September 08, 2006

Ruby on Java

Sun hired two JRuby committers to work full time on you guessed it, JRuby. I've often wanted to venture into Ruby territory but found the prospect of chucking everything I know about the Java libraries and VM and starting over too daunting. Now I'll have no excuse. This could mean big things for Ruby adoption as the barrier to entry drops for companies already heavily invested in Java.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Russel Winder said...

I like Ruby, but in a Java context I prefer Groovy. Groovy is a dynamic, closure-base language like Ruby, but it works directly with the Java libraries on the JVM. JRuby has to worry about creating adapters between the Ruby model and the JVM and Java libraries. So, JRuby is useful for running Ruby code on a JVM, but I don't think it will oust Groovy.

Check out http://groovy.codehaus.org

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but that was the also the argument in order not to switch from C++ to java..
To many investment is already done in C++.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Bob Lee said...

Java is a huge step forward from C++. You can't say the same for Ruby from Java. Even if I used Ruby in some one off, write only applications, it would never replace Java.

2:20 PM  

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