Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Ruby for Java Developers

Ruby for Java Developers

My article on the Ruby Developer's Kit has just been published by the IBM Developer Works site. The RDT is not a full-blown IDE for Ruby yet, but it does have excellent support for debugging Ruby code, which is a huge win for me. I've debugged some pretty hairy Ruby code in it (including code that does automation in Windows) and have been very happy.

See, I'm trying to find a way to bind the Java and Ruby communities together. Can't we all just get along?


Sam said...

I posted a few articles on Ruby for Java developers a while back which you might be interested in (I actually keep meaning to do the same series for Python, and write some more):

Part One: Conventions, methods, modules, and classes
Part Two: Operators, methods, and more on classes
Part Three: Introducing Arrays, Hashes and the typing system

Chris said...

I don't know if the mainstream Java community can be "given the pod" on Ruby. I've tried more than a few times now and apparently "dynamic", "duck typing", and "scipts" are words you shouldn't use while trying to convert the typical Java programmer.

Neal Ford said...

Yeah, you should find ways to say "XML", "Framework", "Aspects", or some other really complicated sounding thing to attract Java developers. Oooh, oooh, what about "dependency injection?"