Microsoft’s Latest Bad Idea? ARAX – Ruby-powered AJAX
eWeek interviewed John Lam, creator of and program manager for IronRuby, to find out more about the project. Lam seems to feel that Ruby developers aren't happy with using multiple languages and dealing with context shifts:
On the other hand, though, he seems to have no issue with HTML and CSS:
Naturally, the success of this idea rests on the success of Silverligh, but it remains to be seen whether Silverlight will take off. Silverlight's dynamic language support is exciting and innovative but whether it'll actually prove worthwhile to developers in the long run is doubtful. Microsoft already seems to have enough issues with .Net 3.x (.Net 3.5's runtime is a 190MB download - almost an operating system in its own right!) and IE 7 adoption on the operating systems it actually controls updates for.
An amusing part of eWeek's article was a fine shot across the bow from David Heinemeier Hansson:
It's great to see Microsoft making progress on IronRuby. Just like JRuby provides people who are stuck with an inventory of Java infrastructure and programs an easy way into Ruby, so does IronRuby for those who are still sitting on a Microsoft stack. As with JRuby, though, I don't expect a lot of Ruby programmers with no existing connection to Microsoft to go gaga over it.
Let's just cross our fingers and hope it doesn't become another proprietary rehash (JScript, J#) and that Silverlight isn't abandoned or dumbed down on non-MS platforms (as Internet Explorer, Media Player, Messenger and Office were or are).