Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I finally tried Ruby 1.9 (developer's release)

I have been putting this off - I have been busy. Ruby 1.9 uses the YARV and seems to be about twice as fast as Ruby 1.8 - a nice speed improvement which is likely to get much better before a Ruby 2.0 release. I tried the new version on several of my POR (plain old Ruby) programs, and everything worked fine for me. Rails would not work for me, but I did not expect it to. I like the way that gem and rake are now bundled with Ruby 1.9 - that makes good sense.

With the good work also being done on JRuby and Rubinius, it is great to know that Ruby is under active development.

3 comments:

anjanBacchu said...

hi mark,

want to leave a link for your readers (some of them could be ruby noobs)) a link to ruby 1.9 downloads(noobs tend to be windows users but not always) ??

thank you.

BR,
~A

Mark Watson, author and consultant said...

BTW, I just took 20 minutes to build Rubinius - it also worked on the few POR programs I tested it with. It was *slow*, but the point to Rubinius is to be more like Smalltalk: written in itself.

Mark Watson, author and consultant said...

Hello Anjan,

If they are Ruby noobs, I think that we want them sticking with Ruby 1.8.x :-)