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IronRuby and IronPython are Officially Handed Over to the Community, IronRuby Tools for VS is Out and More!

I’m so happy! finally some good news about IronRuby!

As you might know, IronRuby and IronPython got to a dead-end inside Microsoft a few months ago, a move that set a firestorm within the community which demanded Steve Balmer’s head on a stick (yea, we’re loco here in the DLR land!). Since then we lived in uncertainty regarding the future of these languages, walked among the crowd with tears in our eyes and prayed every night to the God of open-source to help us in these horrible times.

But yesterday evening everything changed! and changed for the better!

When Open-Source becomes Open-Source

I’m thrilled to say that Microsoft announced yesterday that they were handing IronRuby and IronPython over to the community! completely! And not just that, there will be new coordinators of these projects who will lead them to greatness. The coordinators for IronRuby will be Miguel de Icaza and Jimmy Schementi. For IronPython the new coordinators will be Miguel de Icaza, Michael Foord, Jeff Hardy, and Jimmy Schementi. These are incredibly talented people who are capable of taking these languages to great new heights and convert them from “very cool and nice-to-have” to “breath-taking OMFG give it to me give it to me now!!!”.

IronRuby 1.1.1

In addition to the great news from above, IronRuby 1.1.1 has been released yesterday with exciting new and anticipated features.
Pay attention that this version is tagged as alpha, which means that there are still some things that do not work so good or are missing.

Compatible with Ruby 1.9.2

IronRuby is closing the gap with MRI (the official Ruby implementation) and provides compatibility with Ruby 1.9.2. Here, watch:

IronRubu 1.1.1 using Ruby 1.9.2 Features

IronRuby Tools for Visual Studio

So the most voted feature in Microsoft Connect site and one of the main reasons that kept .NET developers away is now a thing of the past. IronRuby can now be developed from within your beloved Visual Studio IDE!
The new tools contain: Ruby colorizer and syntax checker, interactive loop window, directory based project, and templates for common Ruby applications (including Ruby on Rails 3, Sinatra, Gems and Silverlight based browser scripting app). Here, watch:

IronRuby New Project dialog inside Visual Studio

IronRuby Interactive inside Visual Studio

Ruby syntax highlighting and the Interactive console inside Visual Studio

Download NOW!!!!!!!!!!11

Quick! go, download, install and let the awesomeness take over: http://ironruby.codeplex.com/releases/view/49097

Exciting times!

All the best,
Shay.

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Wow - WTF is microsoft doing handing code over to the general public? I was tracking IronRuby and IronPython as well and was a bit heartbroken when their development stopped. Maybe Balmer was having a good day or his secretary made the decision to go open.

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