[Ironruby-core] How do you convince .Net developers to use IronRuby?

Dotan N. dipidi at gmail.com
Tue Nov 3 10:17:22 EST 2009

Based on your target audience I would do this agenda:

1. show a very intuitive DSL, go into source and expose ruby meta features,
mixins, "reflection"
2. show how you twist a ruby object from ir
3. Embedded ruby as an ability to add scripting to your app
4. rapid prototyping if time allows  (adding stuff to living instances and
watching it change)

PS (if you do this publicly in .il, i'd like to attend)

On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 4:52 PM, Shay Friedman <shay.friedman at gmail.com>wrote:

> Thanks all for your replys. I might have been a bit harsh with the word I
> chose... When I talk with .Net devs and present IronRuby to them, I don't
> really want to "convince" them it's the best language (it can't be, it's an
> entirely subjective opinion), I just try to add IronRuby to their list of
> "to be interested in" stuff, a task which, as I wrote, I'm not successful
> with too much.
> Regarding people leaving - they don't really leave. Their attention does :)
> Trying to speak with most of them might be frustrating as well since most of
> them doesn't have something against IronRuby specifically, it's about a new
> language in general. For example, one said to me "why does Microsoft release
> so much languages - D, F#, IronPython, IronRuby? all I need is C#"...
> Anyway, from your answers I understand that I should not expect much of an
> interest now. We are the front runners now BUT the rest WILL follow! :)
> I'm a big believer in presentations and telling people about technologies -
> new or old. In my opinion, it is more effective than written articles (it
> is, of course, not a substitute to the written word).
> I try to talk wherever I can and my target is to push IronRuby to the
> audience consciousness so when they need something IronRuby might really
> help them in, it will jump to their mind. I plan to continue with that
> (someone want to have me? :-) ) even though it is a bit frustrating
> currently.
> In conclusion, next time I'm doing an IronRuby presentation, I'd try to do
> as follows:
> 1. Show them demos in their "natural" environment - Visual Studio:
>   - .Net 4.0
>   - Running IronRuby from C#
>   - Maybe configure VS to execute ir.exe and write the demo code inside VS
> (as a regular txt file) - to eliminate command line :)
> 2. Show them Ruby test frameworks and test custom .Net code. My suggestion:
> Cucumber.
> 3. Suggestion: show them how to install IronRuby from downloading until
> running a Hello World sample.
> 4. DSLs - show them one heck of a DSL (a practical one).
> 5. Show how to use IronRuby for adding REPL abilities to a .Net application
> or as an easy way to provide extension abilities to a .Net application.
> IronRuby will prevail!!!
> :)
> Shay.
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> --------------------------------------------------
> Shay Friedman
> Author of IronRuby Unleashed
> http://www.IronShay.com
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> On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 1:27 PM, Thibaut Barrère <thibaut.barrere at gmail.com
> > wrote:
>> Very quick thoughts:
>> - dynamic (ruby/python) is quite frightening for most .Net developers I
>> know (they tend to have a mostly static background, C C++ Java .Net)
>> - I tend to focus my energy on building useful stuff with X vs. advocating
>> the use of X (valid point for .Net in 2001, Rails in 2005, Pascal in 1993,
>> etc...). Even after seeing mind-changing implementations, most of the
>> developers won't switch unless the change is enforced, somehow!
>> - I agree with Kevin: listening then explaining is usually far more
>> efficient as compared to convincing, which generates a strong force back.
>> - I agree that despite the huge work behind it and the reliability of IR,
>> we're very early in its life. Most people I know will expect a 1.0 timestamp
>> before even trying to download the package.
>> - I would try hard *not* to make hype at all around IronRuby. I know it's
>> hard for book writers, early adopters etc, but honestly it tend to put too
>> much expectations, and it's very quick to backfire with this. Just providing
>> informational stuff, kind and useful, not "we're better than x" kind of
>> stuff, works best in my opinion.
>> Well this doesn't give you a solution, but hopefully a few more points to
>> think about :)
>> Thibaut
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