JRuby 1.0 is out

If that’s not exciting, then I don’t know what is. Original Ruby finally has got competition. I tip my hat to the team that developed JRuby in such a short time frame and now fully conforms with Ruby 1.8.x. Though I’m not keen to run JRuby in Glassfish, it’s nice to have the option to integrate a Rails application with J2EE services. Think of that EAI buzzword that came up a few years ago.

Smalltalk about BackgrounDRb

I held a small presentation about BackgrounDRb yesterday at the meeting of the Ruby User Group Berlin. It wasn’t a very big presentation, since actually, there’s not a lot to say about BackgrounDRb. But if you want to check it out, you can get the slides and the little sample application.

Deploying in a chroot Environment with Capistrano

A chroot environment seems to be rare these days. Everything is virtualized, load-balanced and what have you. I recently found myself trying to deploy into a chroot’ed Lighttpd environment with Capistrano and immediately ran over several pitfalls. The biggest problem is that Capistrano uses absolute links for directories like current and the links to the log directory.

RubyFX Script Announced

At first I was rather disappointed by what Sun announced with JavaFX, the newest competitor in the RIA market. In my taste F3 looks rather ugly and has a way too expressive syntax, compared to, say SVG. The target’s not the same between these two, I know that, but comparing what code you need to draw, SVG is a winner. Anyway, that’s not really the point.