[Ironruby-core] Why IronRuby?

Shay Friedman shay.friedman at gmail.com
Tue Jan 26 11:35:22 EST 2010

This question keeps coming back :)

Testing is a great use of IronRuby, maybe even the top reason for .NET guys
to use it. However, there are more reasons for .NET guys to adopt IronRuby
- Writing internal tools.
- Make it possible to extend .NET applications using IronRuby.
- Using IronRuby's REPL capabilities for quick POCs or to enhance current
.NET applications.
- Silverlight and Gestalt development
- Writing DSLs
- Running Ruby on Rails on IIS "natively" (this one is not so much for the
.NET developer, but it's a great reason too :-) ).

All in all, it will be tremendously hard to convince C#/VB.Net guys to work
with IronRuby. Moreover, it'll be twice as hard until VS fully supports the
Having said that, I do believe that as time goes by the walls will collapse
and IronRuby will become a common tool among .NET devs.


Shay Friedman | .NET Technologies Expert | Author of IronRuby Unleashed |
Sela Technology Center
Blog: http://IronShay.com | Twitter: http://twitter.com/ironshay

On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 6:13 PM, Mohammad Azam <lists at ruby-forum.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was thinking about why to use IronRuby and one of the things that came
> to my mind is because of better gems like spec, cucumber etc. Mostly my
> use of IronRuby is around unit testing .NET CLR frameworks. But then
> .NET CLR implementations is catching up with all these tools like
> specflow and (.NET implementation for cucumber not sure about the name).
> RAKE is awesome but usually I just use sh to execute shell scripts and
> perform the build. Currently, I am not interacting RAKE with .NET
> assemblies so it is pure Ruby implementation.
> So, what do you think? Where would you use IronRuby?
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