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Sourced and installed Ruby 2.2.2 from VSI as OpenSource "no charge"
$ ruby -v ruby 2.2.2p95 (2015-04-13 revision 50295) [OpenVMS]
Is there a community or volunteer(s) that are continuing to advance Ruby for V/I64?
Current stable release for OpenSource Ruby is 2.4.1 as of Mar/2017,
which is a long way from 2.2.2 in 2015.
Yes, there's a small community of us (very small, so far) who support
and advocate for the VMS port of Ruby. I've been using this v2.2.2
release for a couple of years now, and this version has been "quite
adequate to task", where my focus has been primarily on using Ruby for
sys-admin and general computing tasks (similar to my interests in it on
Linux where I use v2.4.x primarily).
One of VSI's Open Source advocates, Brett Cameron, and I have been
giving Ruby/VMS updates to the VMS Community at the annual VMS Boot Camp...
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-- our submissions for sessions at the 2017 Boot Camp are "in", pending
approval; Brett's been the primary resource for many of VSI's O/S ports.
There's been significant activity and progress in providing Ruby
interfacing to selected VMS system service and library routines, and
we'll be reporting on those developments in September.
I'm pleased to see that VSI's commitment to Open Source Software is
strong and focused -- but they've got limited resources and a lot on
their plates. I believe that Ruby/VMS version updates would get
attention roughly in proportion to activity and installed base, interest
from the VMS community, etc. I've personally advocated for efforts to
port/release Ruby v2.4 for VMS, with the caveat/understanding of limited
resources, priorities, etc. Positive interest, installations and use
will change those priorities appropriately. More visibility, advocacy
and involvement will ditto.
Hope to see some of you at Boot Camp in September -- let's meet, plot
and advocate for Ruby/VMS from there! The more the better! Thanks. --