[Ironruby-core] "Start spreading the news"

Eduardo Blumenfeld lists at ruby-forum.com
Sun Aug 8 08:51:38 EDT 2010

I agree 100% with Cory, we just need to calm down, regroup, give support 
to Tomas, make our opinions heard and continue using the technology that 
helps us become way more productive in our jobs.

On the other hand Jimmy will still be around, he just moved to another 


Eduardo Blumenfeld

Cory Foy wrote:
> Ok, I like to propose a pause in action.
> Here's what we know. Jimmy has moved on, as has Jim. Tomas is the main 
> person left, and from the emails we've received, he's only working on it 
> part-time. I don't know the politics of this specific org, but being an 
> ex-softie I do have an idea, and that hunch is that the politics that 
> caused the reshuffle were not a conspiracy theory against IronRuby, but 
> just normal organization dysfunction and quarterly reorganization.
> We also know thay we have a community of people who are passionate about 
> IronRuby, and a secondary wave of people driven into action by the 
> events of the past day or so. It stands to reason, from work I've done 
> in other communties, that one or two will end up being long term 
> participants because of the new awareness.
> That said, I don't think that what we should do right now is fork it, 
> since IronRuby relies heavily on the DLR which wouldn't be controlled. 
> This is not to say that we take it off the table. Rather we need to ask 
> ourselves what holes have now opened up that we need to fill:
> 1) Jimmy provided leadership and vision for the project. We've now lost 
> that, and either Tomas will pick this up internally, or we will need an 
> external person to run with the vision. Regardless, the person will have 
> to interface with and understand the vision from the Microsoft side.
> 2) Tomas already mentioned needs like a CI and gatekeeper. I bet there 
> are lots of other needs, and if this is truly a community-owned 
> movement, we need to engage with Tomas and the remaining team to 
> understand what else we're missing.
> 3) IronRuby has likely taken a huge blow of credibility from the 
> enterprise adoption side, because if it isn't supported by Microsoft 
> PSS, they will be unlikely to use it internally or in their products.
> All three of these are vital points that we need to think about as a 
> community. Someone is going to have to step up to take charge of this - 
> and it's not going to come from the Mono side. Tomas may be willing to 
> take charge as much as possible - no one has asked him, and that's a 
> shame.
> IronRuby has not had a heart attack which requires CPR. That means we 
> need to take a measured, levelheaded response as a community and work to 
> understand how we can help and how we can respond in a way that makes 
> sense. We already know from Jimmy's tweets that he's planning an email 
> for the group - how can we take advantage of the knowledge Jim and Jimmy 
> have, and support the work Tomas is doing?
> Finally, we may have a burst of energy right now, but no form of 
> sprinting is going to help solve this. This is not a "we have to take 
> action now before we lose the opportunity!" moment. The code is there. 
> Many of the contributors are there, and know what is going on 
> internally. Let's collaborate and find a way to make this project a real 
> success.
> Cory

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