[MacRuby-devel] A Future for MacRuby
jhemmelg at gmail.com
Tue Dec 20 13:25:21 PST 2011
As someone who has been trying to help in my vanishing spare time, the actions of Apple with regard to MacRuby are very important to my motivation. No one outside of Apple can integrate it with XCode, or allow it on iOS devices. If these things don't happen, MacRuby will be much less than it could be if these things do happen. So, it would be very good for external support of the project to get real indications that Apple is at least beneficent toward the project if not directly dedicating resources.
On Dec 20, 2011, at 3:04 PM, Jordan K. Hubbard wrote:
> MacRuby is an open source project and, as such, is (and always has been) free to seek or employ additional resources entirely on its own; it does not need Apple to hand-hold or broker such an arrangement, assuming that such was even possible or desirable.
> While it is also true that Apple has historically put a fair amount of energy into MacRuby, playing a significant role in bootstrapping it to the (IMO, quite functional) state it is in today, the greater MacRuby community should certainly not take this in any way as an indication that it should simply wait passively on the sidelines vs taking an active role in determining its future. MacRuby, just as with pretty much every other dialect or implementation of Ruby, is not (or at least shouldn't be) something driven by a single person or corporation. Even Matz himself is not the sole arbiter of what Ruby is or can become, it being far more of a group effort at this point, and MacRuby is no different. If it were a bird, I would say that it's spent a fair amount of time in the nest, its wings are fully grown, and it's fully capable of flying by itself at this point. :)
> - Jordan
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