Sun Updates JRuby

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-01-06 Print this article Print

Sun Microsystems and the JRuby community have released JRuby 1.1.6, a new release of the JRuby Java implementation of the Ruby interpreter.

Sun Microsystems and the JRuby community have updated JRuby, a Java implementation of the Ruby interpreter, with the release of JRuby 1.1.6.

Thomas Enebo, a software developer at Sun Microsystems and one of the core developers of JRuby, said JRuby 1.1.6 is the sixth point release of JRuby 1.1.  

The fixes in this latest release are primarily compatibility problems and performance enhancements, Enebo said.  "Our goal is to put out point releases more frequently for the next several months-about three to four weeks a release," he said.  "We want a more rapid release cycle to better address issues brought up by users of JRuby."

Enebo said highlights of the new release include additional Ruby 1.9 support; a full 1.9 parser; support for most core Ruby 1.9 methods, classes and libraries; faster Array.sort; the ability to run gems out of jar files without having to unpack them; the ability to store gem repositories in jars and load them via the classpath; improved JavaEmbedUtils for embedders; and 74 bugs fixed since JRuby 1.1.5.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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