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John Lam just announced that the Dynamic Silverlight bits are now available.  What that does is enable you to write code targeting Silverlight in Ruby (IronRuby) or Python (IronPython).

The Dynamic Silverlight bits are implemented as Silverlight extensions which means that they will be downloaded on an as-needed basis.  The additional download is currently about 712KB download in size.  If you are interested in looking at running Ruby in the client on the desktop in addition to if you are running Ruby on the server, this might be of interest to you.  Check it out and some of John's tutorials as well as an update on IronRuby from his MIX08 session.

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found a new site a while back and forgot to share.  all you ruby-ists or bi-curious .net developers (technical bi-curious that is) should head on over to rubydoes.net and subscribe.  they promise to keep an eye on all things ironruby for us :-).  from their site:

We think Ruby is great, but we also think .net is great. Together, IronRuby could prove to be quite a compelling offering that geeks all over the world will love.

nice.  subscribed.

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yesterday i just posted about excitement around the ironruby discussion at oscon.  well, more excitement today!

john lam just announced the first drop of the ironruby sourcecode!  the source is licensed under the microsoft permissive license (BSD-style).  also the team has announced that they will be accepting source code contributions for the ironruby libraries!  this is phenomenal.  there will be a lot of work to make that happen and the intention is to get ironruby on to rubyforge by end of august.

john also announced that in some some micro-benchmark tests, ironruby is testing significantly faster than ruby 1.8.6 in some areas and on par in others.  john will be at oscon as previously mentioned demonstrating some ironruby code, talking about the dynamic language runtime, working with ironruby in silverlight, etc.

check out his full post here.

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UPDATE: ironruby sourcecode released!

this week i'm heading to one of my favorite cities, portland.  it is the week the open source geeks descend upon the oregon convention center for a week of open source-ness for OSCON.

so why am i going?  i went last year and had a blast...and learned a lot.  this year i'm going to lurk a little bit more, try to get some candid thoughts of attendees and hopefully learn some more!

microsoft will have a good showing this year, and i'm most excited about john lam's session on ironruby.  if you are headed to oscon, please be sure to check it out on thursday @ 5:20pm (btw, why do FOSS conferences go so late into the night!? -- or i'm just getting old and lazy).  john will talk about dynamic languages on .net -- ironruby, the BSD-style project for implementing ruby on .net, and probably show some silverlight madness implementing these dynamic languages.

see you there!  if you are going, you can follow me on twitter, or ring me up on my cell, email, whatever...let's hook up and chat!  i've put my list on myconfplan.com of where i think i'll be (dang, there is another session during john's that i really want to go to!).

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as seen on facebook...

"John [Lam] is VERY pleased with the performance of dynamic sites in Ruby." (13 JUL 2007)

see you at OSCON next week :-)