Some would say that what I do with JRuby is a waste of life... Well, we'll see about that.
<headius> seeya ola!
* shellac does some xsl-ing, plays on the wii,
then finds ola got HPRICOT working in that time
<shellac> I'm wasting my life
Anyway, what's happened in JRuby world since last week? First, and most important, Charles has changed our RubyString implementation. It used to be backed by either a Java String or a StringBuffer. The problem with both of these is that Ruby has a tendency to use Strings as byte buckets. And our code was riddled with encoding and decoding into and out of byte arrays. So Charles took the big step, converted RubyString to use a byte-array instead, and fixed all the bugs that he found by doing that. The result is a happier codebase, less encoding and possibly faster Zlib and IO operations. That's big.
Tom is working on removing visibility and refactoring scopes. That could have huge impact too.
This Sunday I merged and fixed some code that allow Ruby code to inherit from Java classes and override methods there, and this overriding will be seen if an instance is sent back to Java. I'm planning on using this for some interesting tricks with Java ContentHandler's, and this functionality is really, really, really important. But it's also complex, since it requires generating bytecode at runtime. Fun, but hard. But now it's in trunk, and it's time to find the bugs in it and fix them.
I also need you to go read what Jonas Bonér has done with JRuby and OpenTerracotta. I could describe it here, but Jonas does a good job of it himself. So go there: http://jonasboner.com/2007/02/05/clustering-jruby-with-open-terracotta/. Very cool stuff, indeed!
So, the future is coming faster each day. JRuby will still conquer the world!