I was doing a general Tech Tab Sweep and I noticed that I had a ton of Ruby-related stuff, so it gets its own fragment.
1.9 · Sam Ruby, in Ruby CI Efforts, is both disturbed and encouraged by the state of Ruby 1.9.
DTrace · Hey, Ruby is getting DTrace bindings, and in Portuguese, too!
On Concurrency · Peter Thatcher has Monads in Ruby (with nice syntax!), and over at InfoQ there’s Ruby Concurrency, Actors, and Rubinius - Interview with MenTaLguY. Yeah, I dunno about MenTaL’s name either, but he’s a JRuby committer these days.
Java · Check out Charles Nutter’s Lang.NET 2008: Day 1 Thoughts and follow the links to the Da Vinci Machine project. Pretty clearly, JRuby is the proximate cause pushing this rock over the edge of the hill. I think this work is the single most important thing going on for those of us who care about the future relevance of the Java platform. I mean, if Gosling can be positive about closures maybe I should warm up to ’em a little. But the Java language just doesn’t seem like the interesting thing about Java, these days.