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Sun's JRuby Team Jumps Ship To Engine Yard 77

itwbennett writes "'To be honest, we had no evidence that Oracle wouldn't support JRuby, but we also didn't have any evidence that they would,' said Charles Nutter, explaining why Sun's entire 3-member JRuby team will be leaving the company to work for application hosting company Engine Yard. Nutter called getting hired by Sun about two-and-a-half years ago and being given the chance to work full time on JRuby a 'dream come true.' And said that the decision to leave Sun came down to making sure 'JRuby will get to the next level.'"
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Sun's JRuby Team Jumps Ship To Engine Yard

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  • by jjohnson (62583) on Tuesday July 28, 2009 @07:45PM (#28861009) Homepage

    I think it was more something like "Engine Yard wants to hire all three of us. Oracle won't give us a yes or a no on whether we'll even be here next week, and the magic eight ball says 'outlook not so good'. Let's take the offer we have in hand where someone in management will at least know we exist."

    I worked for a Fortune 100 that took two years to getting around to closing our office--that's how long it took them to notice we were there and bother to send out layoff notices. Between continued employment at a place like that and a place where someone actually wants to employ me, I'll take the latter.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 28, 2009 @07:51PM (#28861043)

    My web apps are all written in assembler, am i right? am i right? M$ 4 life!! Disgruntled programmers/sysadmins lacking chops unite!

  • by segedunum (883035) on Tuesday July 28, 2009 @07:58PM (#28861093)

    Mod me down now, but mark my words: within a year they'll be out of business or focusing primarily on php, perl, and python.

    Python is OK because it's mature and you can build good infrastructure such as Zope with it, but talking about organisations using RoR being out of business in favour of PHP and Perl?! ROTFL.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 28, 2009 @08:07PM (#28861169)

    It's the ruby VM that's slow. There's nothing about the language itself that makes it slower than any other dynamic languages.

  • by tcopeland (32225) <> on Tuesday July 28, 2009 @08:27PM (#28861307) Homepage

    > If there's one thing even slower or more pointless than jvm and ruby,
    > it's ruby on rails. I guess someone didn't get the memo,
    > but RoR's 15 minutes are up.

    To the contrary, people are cranking out new Rails apps at a furious rate, and lots of Java and C# apps are getting ported over to Rails. It's good times.

  • by PCM2 (4486) on Wednesday July 29, 2009 @12:47AM (#28862689) Homepage

    Uhhh, yeah. And pretty good, thanks. I guess it must have had something to do with my recognizing my own value to the organization and approaching management honestly and openly, instead of skulking around like a venal little creep. But by the same token, if they didn't want to pay what I was worth (to a viable competitor) then there was little reason for me to continue working there.

It is much harder to find a job than to keep one.