Yugui wrote, “Ruby 1.8 series has been used since 2003 and many great
products were born on it. Today Ruby 1.9 series starts its history as
1.8 series did.”
This suggests that, as 1.8 superseded 1.6, 1.9 now supersedes 1.8,
making it the current Ruby (though 1.8 remains for those who prefer to
Is that a reasonable interpretation?
1.8.8 is planned for release. Why, and when does 1.8 development stop?
Put another way, for how long would people be expected that new code
they write work on both 1.9 and 1.8? Or at what point would a developer
tell users of 1.8 that backwards compatibility is no longer a priority?
Yes, I known these are broad questions. I’m trying to get a sense of
how the transition is intended and practiced.