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IronPython’s Jim Hugunin Moves To The JVM

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, new leadership for IronPython and IronRuby projects, and bug fixes for Apache Tomcat 7.0.4 beta.

Jim Hugunin Trades IronPython For Java

Jim Hugunin has announced that he is leaving Microsoft and the IronPython project.

In his latest blog, he takes a fond look back at some of the challenges IronPython presented him with, including licensing teething problems, as IronPython evolved from a Microsoft-specific license to the Apache license, and a bug that meant the first version could never be garbage collected. He praises the Dynamic Language Runtime as the technology that took IronPython deep into the .NET platform. He explains that Microsoft’s decision to remove themselves from the IronPython project was a “catalyst but not the cause” of him leaving Microsoft.

He will be assuming a position at Google, where he will be working with Java.

And in Related News…..

Microsoft have announced the new leadership for IronPython and IronRuby. Miguel de Icaza, Michael Foord, Jeff Hardy, and Jimmy Schementi will serve as Coordinators for IronPython, while Miguel de Icaza and Jimmy Schementi will be the Coordinators of IronRuby. With the new leadership, comes a new development model. The community will now be able to make source contributions to any component of IronPython or IronRuby without Microsoft’s involvement or sponsorship by a Microsoft employee.

Bug Fixes for Apache Tomcat 7.0.4 beta

Apache Tomcat version 7.0.4 beta has been released. This release addresses a memory leak and fixes some attributes that were showing as Unavailable in JConsole. ServletContainerInitializers can now add listeners to a web application, and a thread safety issue with population of servlet context initialisation parameters has been rectified.

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