Ruby on .NET, Silverlight Gems, the DLR, and RailsConf 2007
I really have to give my boss credit for being a forward-thinker and an out-of-the-box type. These are clichéd terms, sure, but they fit. The day after the merger and where am I going to be tomorrow? I'll be at RailsConf2007, of course.
We are not religious zealots here at
Corillian CheckFree, so we're always looking at other ways to do things. Even as a .NET/Java shop, we'll have four people at the conference, all with open minds, ready to learn. There's lots of folks at Corillian who dabble in Rails, and CheckFree has a Rails Study Group.
Here's where I'll be during the conference, courtesy of myconfplan. Fortunately for me, John Lam has loaned me a 17" MacBookPro with daily bits of his DLRConsole demo, including Ruby support in Silverlight (and .NET) with the DLR. It's all running in Safari, and it's yummy. This is one of the Mac's used at Mix in the Keynote.
Aside: I'm going back and forth about getting the Ultimate Atwood Developer Machine (I got the wife's OK), and getting a fully loaded MacBook Pro. The hardware is sexy as hell, unlike any Windows laptop I've ever seen (and I have a Lenovo t60p, to be clear) and apparently it's a heck of a Vista machine. Dare I even think like this? Having John's machine to borrow has already got be hooked on two-finger scrolling...
If you want to hook up at the conference and get a demo of Ruby on the DLR, you can email me or setup a request through the RailsConf 2007 Conference Meetup website. Tim Sneath will also be around to chat and demo.
The (totally speculative) prospect of the cleanness of the Rails developer experience married with an order of magnitude (or three) speed up, with the .NET GC, Rails (potentially) under IIS7 and SQL2k5 is just dizzying.
Even if you don't believe anything I say and you're a hardcore Rubyist who has no interest in Ruby on .NET, I'm interested in talking about Silverlight-specific gems that could make Silverlight fit into the Ruby lifestyle, with Ruby as code-behind.
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Have there been benchmarks on Ruby running under the DLR yet? All I can find so far is that IronPython is 2-4 times faster than Python in C, which itself is pretty impressive.
I am waiting for when Leopard comes out in Oct. The Vista support should be solid, and the screens will get higher-res because Leopard is resolution-independent. Supposedly they will have LED backlighting too, which will probably be stunning.
Just my 2 cents...
I've been wondering what's up with the "Ultimate Developer Rig"? Do you plan on following up that series and flushing out the details or is that on hold pending a decision on the MB Pro?
but it's not Santa Rosa yet and i'm not sure their service is so great.
My current laptop is a Sager, and one thing I'll miss that bums me out is having RAID 0 in my laptop. I thought Apple might have put that as an option in the latest update, but no.. The drive always seems to be the slowdown otherwise.
Apple's new higher resolution screen option on the 17" I think has put me over the top. I will put some sort of windows sticker on my Macbook, however. ("vista (and Intel) inside"?)
Macbook pro on its way.
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