Great IronRuby News from Oscon 2008. Cheer Up.

Here are some great news just announced by Mr. John Lam after his session at Oscon 2008.

Welcome to InronRuby – Contrib on GitHub.
Ironuby Team announces new project: ironruby-contrib. It’s hosted at GitHub, an awesome place to do collaborative development.

The goal of ironruby-contrib is to provide a place where folks from the community can participate in projects that enhance IronRuby or its underlying platforms.

“Rails Plugin” as First IronRuby Contrib Project:-

The first project in IronRuby-Contrib is the Rails Plugin that was demonstrated at RailsConf this year. It makes it easier for Rails developers to add Silverlight to their Rails applications, and contains some of their ideas about migrating controller code to the client. Jimmy Schementi is the brains behind the project.

First Binary Release:-
Its here:-
This takes a big step closer  towards ” IronRuby Runs Real Ruby Programs”

RubySpec Contribution:-
IronRuby Team submitted a first set o changes to awesome ” RubySpec Project “.

That takes them a big step closer towards being an active participant in all things Open Source, and not just the things that the team creates.

Hope you’ll like this news from Oscon.



July 25, 2008 at 3:25 am 1 comment

Ruby 1.8.7 is available now. Cheers!

Ruby 1.8.7 is available now.

The new version of Ruby includes many bug fixes, lots of feature enhancements backported from 1.9 and some performance improvements since 1.8.6 while maintaining stability and backward compatibility with the previous release to a high degree.

The source code package is available in three formats at the following locations:


Hope to see a smile on your face now.


July 23, 2008 at 5:05 am Leave a comment

Foscon Starts today, 23rd July at Portland,Oregon.

FOSCON is a free, fun gathering of Ruby fans held during an evening of O’Reilly’s OSCON conference with cool presentations, food, discussions, and a live coding competition.

Anyone interested in Ruby is welcome here, whether you’re just curious or a seasoned pro. Portland Ruby brigade user group wants to share the joy of Ruby with you.

Presentation List:-

  • IronRuby: John Lam
  • Selectricity and RubyVote: Benjamin Mako Hill on Ruby voting machinery for the masses!
  • Ruby performance: Brian Ford
  • Hardware Hacking with Ruby Arduino: Gregory Borenstein
  • Ruby++!…?: Markus Roberts on defining custom operators
  • Five minutes with Selenium: Ian Dees
  • Ruby culture: Audrey Eschright, Reid Beels and Igal Koshevoy
  • Ruby business: David Abramowski from Morph on “10 steps to turn an idea into a business: You have an idea and the ability to write a RoR application. Now what do you do?”
  • Ruby server automation: Igal Koshevoy
  • Ruby on Rails profiling: M. Edward Borasky
  • Live coding competition: Ruby on Rails, PHP Symfony, PHP Drupal, and GemStone/S Smalltalk Seasid

Hope, you have bookmarked this venue and presentation list.


July 23, 2008 at 4:43 am Leave a comment

Huge List of Ruby/Rails Topics to be discussed at Oscon2008.

Here’s a detailed List and information regarding Ruby/Rails Topics to be discussed at Oscon2008.

OSCON 2008 is scheduled from July 21st to July25 at Portland, Oregon.

Here’s the detailed information about sessions and Topics with Date and venue.

Extending Rails: Understanding and Building Plugins
8:30am Monday, 07/21/2008
Location: D137/138
Speaker:- Clinton R. Nixon (Viget Labs)

Ruby on Rails has made web development easier than ever, but there is a hurdle that comes with that convenience. When you want Rails to work differently, what do you change? We’ll walk through the architecture of Rails, the top plugins already in existence, and learn how to radically change the behavior of Rails and of others’ plugins.

Advanced ActiveRecord
8:30am Monday, 07/21/2008
Location: E143/144
Speaker:- Gregg Pollack (Rails Envy), Jason Seifer (Rails Envy)

ActiveRecord, the glue between the database and Rails, is certainly one of the bigger reasons Rails has impressed so many people. We will walk through some advanced uses of the ActiveRecord Gem, including polymorphism, association proxies, the law of demeter, conductors, and creating plugins. Even if you’re not a Ruby or Rails programmer, you’ll find some useful design patterns hidden in this Gem.

An Introduction to Ruby Web Frameworks
10:45am Wednesday, 07/23/2008
Location: F151
Speaker:- Ryan Briones (The Edgecase)

An overview of a few Ruby Web Frameworks, including basic usage and how to pragmatically choose which one to use, and how Ruby makes them special.

Metaprogramming in Ruby
11:35am Wednesday, 07/23/2008
Location: Portland 252
Speaker:- Brian Sam-Bodden (Integrallis Software, LLC.)

In this session he will explore some of the metaprogramming techniques that make Ruby the ideal language for framework development. Learn how frameworks like Ruby on Rails and others exploit metaprogramming to infuse that special magic that only open dynamic languages can produce.

What Has Ruby Done for You Lately?
11:35am Wednesday, 07/23/2008
Location: F151
Speaker:- Adam Keys (The Real Adam)

Ruby has lots of neat features for writing small, beautiful programs. But, borrowing features from other languages makes it even better! Learn how continuations, pattern matching, and actor-based concurrency can help you write Ruby programs that do more with less code.

Controlling Electronics with Ruby
1:45pm Wednesday, 07/23/2008
Location: F151
Speaker:- Ben Bleything (Bleything Consulting)

It used to be that in order to program a microcontroller, you had to get down and dirty with assembly or, if you were really lucky, C. No longer. I’ll show a number of ways that you can control embedded devices from your beloved Ruby.

Real-time Computer Vision with Ruby
2:35pm Wednesday, 07/23/2008
Location: F151
Speaker:- Jan Wedekind (Sheffield Hallam University)

Computer vision software requires image- and video-file-I/O as well as camera access and fast video display. Ruby and existing open source software allowed us to develop a machine vision library combining performance and flexibility in an unprecedented way. Native array operations are used to implement a variety of machine vision algorithms. This research was funded by the Nanorobotics grant.

VoIP Doesn’t Suck Anymore — Meet Adhearsion
4:30pm Wednesday, 07/23/2008
Location: F151
Speaker:- Jay Phillips (Codemecca LLC)

The Adhearsion framework, written in Ruby, takes a new approach to building VoIP applications: it’s an abstraction layer that both manages the underlying complexity and empowers VoIP applications with an unprecedented ease of integration. In this tutorial, learn from Adhearsion’s creator how to use VoIP for your new product, service, or hacker project.

Building a Bayesian RSS Aggregator in Ruby
5:20pm Wednesday, 07/23/2008
Location: F151
Speaker:- Giles Bowkett (at large)

At the LA Times we’re currently building a Bayesian RSS aggregator that allows users to classify individual blog posts as interesting or not interesting and tunes its presentation of posts from users’ classification and the Bayes nets’ corresponding prediction of interestingness. Learn both technical details of the Ruby implementation and strategies for bringing machine learning to consumer apps.

Ruby 1.9: What to Expect
1:45pm Thursday, 07/24/2008
Location: Portland 251
Speaker:- Sam Ruby (IBM)

Ruby 1.9.0 came out in December, but it will be a while before it is stable and major packages have been ported to it. In addition to new features, there are a number of small backwards incompatible changes that have been made, but it generally is possible to create code that works on both 1.8 and 1.9. This talk will cover the changes that are most likely to impact you.

Who Wants a Faster Ruby?
2:35pm Thursday, 07/24/2008
Location: F151
Speaker:- Brian Ford (Engine Yard)

Ruby is an excellent object-oriented programming language that is gaining in popularity. While programmer productivity in Ruby is often touted, the performance of Ruby is often disappointing relative to other languages. This talk will examine the performance characteristics of Rubinius, one of the newest and most popular alternative Ruby implementations, using the terrific DTrace utility.

IronRuby: The Road to 1.0
4:30pm Thursday, 07/24/2008
Location: Portland 251
Speaker:- John Lam (Microsoft)

A year ago, we shipped the first drop of the IronRuby source code at OSCON. In September, we released our project on RubyForge and began accepting contributions. A few months after that, the OSI certified the Microsoft Public License as an official open source license. Come to this talk to get an update on where we are today, and what we have to do to get to 1.0.

Commanding Your SSH Universe with Capistrano
5:20pm Thursday, 07/24/2008
Location: Portland 251
Speaker:- Ryan Briones (The Edgecase)

Using Capistrano to automate SSH tasks such as server administration and application deployment.

Voting Machinery for the Masses
11:35am Friday, 07/25/2008
Location: Portland 255
Speaker:- Benjamin Mako Hill (MIT Center for Future Civic Media)

This talk will present work on RubyVote and Selectricity — voting technology designed for quotidian elections. It will describe why focusing on everything but government- and state-based elections may be the open voting technology community’s best tactic and and why free software and open source tools are an essential piece of that puzzle.

How Not to Build a Service
11:35am Friday, 07/25/2008
Location: D133
Speaker:- Mike Perham (FiveRuns)

FiveRuns launched the RM-Manage monitoring service targeting the Ruby on Rails market in 2007, but not without making plenty of mistakes in the process. This talk will discuss the social, technical, and business lessons learned over the last year.

Please spread out this information to all Rubyists, and let them know whats happening with Ruby.


July 22, 2008 at 5:49 am Leave a comment

Download the Free IronEditor for IronRuby, IronPython and DLR Languages

Announcing IronEditor – An Editor for IronRuby, IronPython and other DLR languages

I welcome IronEditor, a simple application designed to make it easier to pick up and start coding against the DLR based languages. By taking advantage of the DLR’s Hosting API, the application can execute code for any language built on top of the DLR platform.

More Information, source code and download on CodePlex:-

Build: :- July 19th 2008

Out of the box, the application works with IronRuby and IronPython, however one of the main aims of the application is to allow other languages to be easily embedded into the application.

The aim of the application is to provide a very lightweight way to edit and execute code, great while learning the languages and giving demos (I used this application for my NxtGenUG Oxford DLR session).

One of the items I’m really pleased about is the fact that the application works on Mono (Tested only on Ubuntu 8.04 and Mono 1.9.1), something which will definitely not be possible with the Visual Studio integration.

To run the application, you will need to ensure you have Mono installed on your machine.


July 21, 2008 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

Announcing a short course in JRuby Programming

Announcing a short course in JRuby Programming.

JRuby is a 100% pure-Java implementation of the Ruby programming language.

Recently, JRuby has been gaining more and more attention in the Java and Ruby communities. Java is a powerful platform and there are millions of lines of Java code being written each month, that the world will have to live with for a long time from now. By leveraging Java the platform with the power of the Ruby programming language, programmers will get the best from both worlds. You better not ignore JRuby any more!

Don’t be left behind.

Join the short online course in JRuby programming from 9th to 11th August 2008

For full details, refer –

This short course is for beginners as well as advanced programmers with working knowledge of Ruby and Java.

More Information:-
Introducing… the amazing RubyLearning’s first of its kind –
A 3 day Paid Online JRuby Programming Course (POJRPC101-1)

  • Learn to call Java classes from Ruby
  • Learn to call Ruby classes from Java
  • Interact and discuss with other course participants and teachers and have your queries solved immediately
  • By the time you have finished the course and worked on the examples and assignments, you should be fairly comfortable with JRuby

Look what ” Martin Fowler has to say about ” JRuby “…..
“For Ruby Developers, JRuby offers a deployment platform that is well understood, particular in corporations. For a Java community, JRuby is important because it offers a chance to experience a powerful language and framework while still taking advantage of Java’s excellent libraries and the ability to work in both Ruby and Java.”


July 19, 2008 at 7:56 am 2 comments

Tutorial on Working with Ruby and Rails, with Netbeans 6.1


This is one of the best tutorial recently appeared. This tutorial guides you  with  lots of Hands on Labs Images, with Netbeans 6.1 like…

  • Installation of Netbeans 6.1
  • Installation of Ruby and Rails
  • How to work with Ruby Files and create projects and classes
  • How to create Rails Projects
  • A sample walk-through of a simple project

Here is the Link.

You can extend 2 great tutorials further, from the link posted in tutorial section.


July 16, 2008 at 4:33 am Leave a comment

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