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Aug 6 2009   4:04PM GMT

Getting a Ruby on Rails port to the System i platform

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Recent surveys show that Ruby on Rails, an open source scripting language, is growing in popularity. According to a recent survey by Evans Data, the use of Ruby has grown by 40% in the last year.

Much in the way that Zend Technologies worked to get a PHP port to the System i platform, Timothy Prickett Morgan is suggesting that Ruby get a similar port.

Ruby and Rails run on Unix platforms, so it makes sense for IBM and the Ruby team to take all the learning they did to make PHP run in the PASE AIX runtime, hook into the DB2 for i database, and provide a bridge for 5250 applications to Ruby apps and apply it to Ruby and Rails. That’s easy to say, but perhaps harder to do. Ruby doesn’t seem to have a commercial champion, like PHP has in Zend.

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