JRuby to Red Hat

Red Hat hires JRuby core developers Nutter and Enebo

Chris Mayer

News emerged from JRubyConf that two of the key developers of the JVM language are set to continue their work under the Red Hat banner

Some big news surfaced from the three day JRubyConf in Minneapolis
yesterday morning, as it was confirmed that core team developers
behind the hybrid JVM language were set to move to Red Hat.

Charlie Nutter and Tom Enebo announced at the conference that
they were indeed transferring from Engine Yard to Red Hat, news
which Nutter later reiterated on Twitter:

But Engine Yard are still going to be
part of the JRuby development process, having been the steward of
the JVM language since 2009. Previously, the Java implementation of
the Ruby language was housed at Sun HQ, before Oracle’s acquisition
of the company made things slightly unsteady. Fortunately, Engine
Yard stepped in, seeing the benefits of the potent combination of
Java and Ruby.

Bill Platt acknowledged
that Engine Yard and Red Hat’s
partnership would be a close one here, saying that they
would ”work closely with Charles and Tom as well as Red
Hat to continue development of JRuby and collaborate on JRuby
features to support customers running on [sic] JRuby on Engine Yard
Cloud.” This is great news.

Across the waters, JBoss chief
Mark Little was clearly excited to welcome the duo to the community
writing in a blog post:

I am extremely pleased to be able to announce
that Charlie
 and Thomas Enebo have joined us,
bringing with them their skills around jRuby.
Both Charlie and Thomas have been instrumental in making jRuby what
it is today, both technically and from a community perspective.
They’ll be working with various teams in JBoss and Red Hat,
including the obvious candidates such as TorqueBox, Immutant and
OpenJDK, but also helping us deliver on our polyglot
. I can say that bringing them to Red Hat has been
almost 2 years in the making, but it’s time that has been well
worth spent and I have great expectations for their future here.
Therefore, please join me in welcoming Charlie and Thomas to the
JBoss/Red Hat family!

It’s a big coup for Red Hat in JVM terms – welcoming another
language into the JBoss fold. JRuby will undoubtedly get the love
and attention it deserves in that community. But perhaps we can
read more into this announcement.
As Ryan Paul noticed on Ars Technica
, Nutter’s tweet mentions
‘other JVM languages’ – could this perhaps mean Gavin King’s JVM
effort Ceylon? We await to see what else Nutter and Enebo put their
minds to. Either way, this Red Hat move is a bold one, but bright
for the JVM.

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