Microsoft Hires Ruby Guru

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2006-10-22 Print this article Print

John Lam, the creator of RubyCLR, signs on to help the software giant implement dynamic languages on .Net.

Microsoft has beefed up its efforts to make dynamic languages play well on the .Net platform with the hire of John Lam, an expert in the Ruby language.

John Lam is the creator of the RubyCLR bridge between the Ruby language and the Microsoft CLR (Common Language Runtime). He will be joining Microsoft in January, although he says he is limited as to what he can say.

Yet, observers note that it is not difficult to assume Lam will likely be working on helping to create an implementation of Ruby that runs on the CLR.

Microsoft hired Jim Hugunin in August 2004 to join its CLR team. And Hugunin's group managed to deliver an implementation of Python on .Net earlier this year. That implementation, IronPython 1.0, went live last month.

Now enter Lam and his Ruby skills.

"I've decided to stage a friendly takeover of Microsoft. As of January 2007 my new work address will be Building 42 at Microsoft," Lam said in a blog post on Oct. 21. "I'll be working in the CLR team to help bring the love of dynamic languages out to the statically typed heathens."

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Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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