Community Rally to Continue Ruby on NetBeans Support
After it was announced that NetBeans were pulling the plug on Ruby support, it seems that Ruby on NetBeans isn’t dead yet.
After NetBeans announced they would be dropping Ruby support in forthcoming releases, Thomas Enebo has blogged about how the community can help keep Ruby on NetBeans alive. He reveals that himself, JRuby’s Yoko Harada, Charles Nutter, and Nick Sieger will work on Ruby on NetBeans support in their spare time, along with former Ruby NetBeans engineer Erno Mononen, and Geertjan Wielenga. However, this team are looking for community support, and request that anyone interested in contributing join the dev mailing list dev at ruby.netbeans.org. Moving forward, the project will continue to use the NetBeans mailing lists and issue tracker, in an attempt to simplify integrating into the NetBeans AutoUpdate process. The hg repo will be mirrored on Github, in an effort to bring more visibility to the initiative. The current 600 open issues will be re-prioritised based on the level of support the team can provide, with Bundler and Rails 3 support being high on the list of priorities.
“Ruby on NetBeans is already an impressive project, but like any OSS project it needs maintenance and care. If you think Ruby on NetBeans is important and you’re thinking about helping…please do. Even if you know nothing about NetBeans internals or you have never contributed to an OSS project before: Jump in head first! Getting involved in OSS is always a great learning experience and you will be a better person for it,” concludes Thomas Enebo.