Sunday Apr 06, 2008

Community News: JRuby 1.1 is ready for prime time

In a little more than 9 months time, the JRuby community is pleased to announce its second major project release, JRuby 1.1

In a blog post, Thomas Enebo mentions, "The main goal for ver 1.1 was to improve performance. With the help from the community, we have made great strides in performance.There have been more and more reports of applications exceeding Ruby 1.8.6 performance; we are even beating Ruby 1.9 in some micro-benchmarks."

"Thousands of reported issues and unending IRC conversations helped keep JRuby focused on doing what is most important: Making Ruby applications work well," commented Charlie Nutter. "Try your applications against JRuby 1.1 and give us feedback." 

If you find any issues let the JRuby team know via IRC, email the mailing list, or file a bug.

Major features include:

  • Compilation of Ruby to Java Bytecode (in AOT and JIT modes)
  • Oniguruma port to Java
  • Refactored IO implementation
  • Improved memory consumption
  • Thousands of compatibility fixes

Friday Jul 20, 2007

New JavaFX Script plugin for NetBeans IDE

We've got even more news from the JavaFX Script community today. They just released new, updated JavaFX Script plugins for NetBeans , NetBeans 5.5 & NetBeans 6.0

The NetBeans plugin provides full application lifecycle support capabilities for JavaFX Script such as: compile, build & run, as well as editing support for things like error detection & keywords highlighting.

In addition, it provides some preview functionality for NetBeans 6.0 with JavaFXPad integration. JavaFXPad is a lightweight tool that allows you to interactively create graphical elements using the JavaFX Script programming language. It consists of a code editor & a canvas. Whatever you type into the code editor will be displayed in the canvas.

Chris Oliver has an entry on some updates to JavaFXPad. There's also a demo of JavaFXPad.

Another cool thing is that you can also load the new JavaFX Script demos as NetBeans projects.

Here are some screenshots of the new NetBeans plugin:




Tuesday Mar 06, 2007

NetBeans Ruby Pack + Demos

The NetBeans Community has announced an early access release of the NetBeans Ruby Pack. The pack provides support for the Ruby programming language and offers developers added support for dynamic and scripting languages and includes editing features for both Ruby and JRuby.

Here are a few blog entry's I think you will find interesting:

Roman Strobl has created two excellent demos of the new NetBeans with Ruby support. The first demo shows Rails support and the second gets into editing.

Tor Norbye's blog entry includes his thoughts about these demos and new features he's implemented.

Adding support for dynamic languages -- the JRuby team announced their 0.9.8 release! Thomas E. Enobo and Pat Eyler have posted entries highlighting the improvements to the JRuby code. To download the latest version visit: http://dist.codehaus.org/jruby/

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