March 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008*

6:00 - 7:30 PM


Luke Amdor / Iowa Student Loan


Alternative Ruby (JRuby / Rubinius / IronRuby)

*Note:  This is a special meeting date.  We will return to our normal third Thursday meeting date in April.

Lately there has been a plethora of news surrounding alternative Ruby interpreters: Sun hires the main JRuby developers, Oracle begins deploying JRuby on Rails applications, Engine Yard hires Rubinius developers to work full time on Rubinius, and Microsoft is currently developing it's own Ruby interpreter IronRuby to run on its CLR.

In this presentation, we'll talk about the motivation behind these interpreters, where they're headed, and what impact this is having on the Ruby community.

As far as practical examples go, we'll be showing an emphasis on JRuby and JRuby on Rails.  We'll show how to distribute Ruby scripts with only Java being installed on the platform, how to deploy an existing Ruby on Rails application into Sun's Glassfish, a JavaEE application server, how to create a quick and dirty Swing app using Ruby.


  • Motivation / Extending Ruby's Reach
  • Sucking the information out of Matz's brain / Specs
  • Rubinius
  • Eating your own dog food / Ruby in Ruby
  • JRuby / Introducing Ruby to the enterprise
  • Deploying RoR applications in a business environment
  • IronRuby

Meeting Location

5959 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, Iowa

We meet in the main auditorium on the second floor.  Wi-fi Internet access is available.

Map (DMACC West)

Dinner After the Meeting

If you can, please plan to join us for dinner at a local restaurant after the meeting.