I realize that a compiler is not necessarily important to a lot of Ruby
developers because of the dynamic, interpreted nature of the language.
Once a program is good enough for production, however, it may benefit
from the increased performance a compiler can deliver.
So, I’m curious about the status of such a project. Is it intended to
be part of Ruby 2.0? Is it related to the Parrot virtual machine
project that intends to execute Ruby as well as other languages?
I don’t know the details, but am aware that there are various forms of
compilers that work at different levels of code or at different points
in the life cycle of a program (e.g., native machine code compiler
versus Just-in-Time compiler). I welcome any information about what is
in the works for Ruby, both near and long term.
P.S. In case it matters, I develop under Windows at present, though
eventually hope to do cross platform application development.