What is Ruby ?
Ruby is a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It´s a scripting language for reflexive (intensive use of program metadata) and object-oriented programming.
It was created by a Japanese programmer called Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto in 1993 and was released in 1995. It is strongly influenced by Smalltalk and Lisp, among others (Phyton, Eiffel, Clu, Dylan and Lua).
It's a high-level language that is different from other languages regarding task execution at compilation time. It has free Software licensing (GPL + Ruby license, interpreter and standard libraries) that makes it free to use, copy, study, change and redistribute.
Some external links about Ruby
A Quick Tour of Ruby is a great introduction to the language and here is a list of things to read to understand the 'Ruby way'
GeneXus Ruby Generator
Ruby is a free license generator which applications run on any of the following platforms:
Microsoft Windows (XP, Win 2003, Vista)
Mac OS X
Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, SuSE..)
Generated code is independent of the Web Server to use.
Any CGI, Fast CGI server or other technologies may be used, especially multi-thread servers. Internally, the code interacts with Rack, which provides an interfase between the server which supports Rack and the application: http://rack.rubyforge.org/
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GeneXus Ruby generator is ideal for prototyping and one of the reasons is that preparing the development environment is a very easy task.
Running a script the first time is enough to install everything you need to start generating ruby: ruby interpreter, ruby gems, and a light web server for prototyping (Webrick).
Ruby generates less code, so generation takes much less time. In addition, generated code does not compile, and makefiles are not generated, all of which has a direct impact on productivity growth.
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