John Lam and team have been working hard on getting IronRuby ready for public release, and today is the day!  Today we are announcing two key things:

  • Availability of the IronRuby source code
  • Our plans to accept contributions to IronRuby libraries (to start) through Rubyforge by August

You can read all of the details on John's blog here

There are two things that really excite me about this release.  The first is getting to this important milestone with IronRuby, which we first demonstrated at Mix '07.  Ruby is a powerful language which is not just for the web server ;-)  When you combine Ruby with Silverlight, you can create really cool RIA applications as well.  And as always, IronRuby, IronPython, and all of our dynamic languages will run in all .NET environments by the time we are finished. 

The second thing that excites me personally is building another offering with the open source community.  I can tell you from a lot of personal experience that getting the IronPython license approved took a lot of effort.  That release and others like it paved the way for the Microsoft Permissive License.  In DevDiv, we've then used that license to release the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit and IronRuby.  I'm looking forward to continuing these kinds of efforts in the future.

Congratulations to the team on the release!