Back in March 2010, we launched Version 3.0 of PAS, which was a complete rewrite of the application in Ruby on Rails, a Ruby web development framework. Since then, the PAS Tech Team has been very active in the Ruby community.
This past week we visited Rubyconf 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference was a great success, probably the best one I have ever attended. The main focus this year was profiling and optimizing Ruby applications. We learned a lot from experienced and battle hardened Ruby developers (like a talk from the Twitter Tech Lead of their redesign project).
The biggest surprise was when Yukihiro Matsumoto, the creator of Ruby, announced that he’s working with the Japanese government and an undisclosed Japanese company (hinted at Sony) on a “light” version of Ruby: Rite. Their goal is to use Rite on home and mobile devices (TV’s, Bluray players, handheld video-games, mp3 players) and draw existing Ruby programmers to their development framework.
We flew back the PAS headquarters with a lot of new ideas and improvements for the network, and we can’t wait to share them with you!