IronRuby Alpha Release Binary Download Available
by Todd Ogasawara
Microsoft's John Lam announced the availability of ready-to-use binaries of the IronRuby alpha-release at OSCON last week. You can read more about it in his blog at...
IronRuby at OSCON
You can find the ZIP file download at...
RubyForge IronRuby Project download page
There's no installer since it really doesn't need one. Here's what I did to make life a little easier for me. I installed it on both a Vista PC and an XP PC.
- Open the ZIP file using Windows Explorer. You don't need any special software to open a ZIP file.
- Copy the folder named ironruby to C:\Program Files (on XP)
- Go to the bin subdirectory
- Right click on ir.exe and select
- Right click the Start button and select Open all useres
- Cut the shortcut from the bin subdirectory and put it where it makes sense in your Start folder/menu hierarchy.
- Rename the Shortcut to ir.exe to something else if you want. I cleverly renamed it to IronRuby on my PC
So, we now have three first-class .Net dynamic languages available for Windows XP/Vista: PowerShell, IronPython, and IronRuby. Nice.
Sorry to inject some reality here...
|Tom: No need to be sorry about reality :-) I consider it a first-class .Net language because that is it goal. Is it 100% there now. Nope, it is an alpha release. If you are interested in .Net for non-Windows platforms, take a look at the Mono Project|