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Microsoft’s IronRuby and IronPython Languages Goes to External developers

Microsoft announced that “it’s donating both IronRuby and IronPython to the open source community. Microsoft isn’t killing off its support for the Dynamic Language Runtime, however; that’ll continue to be part of .Net Framework, as it’s currently.”

As part of these changes, new project leaders external to Microsoft who’ll take over the projects and provide leadership going forward include: Miguel de Icaza, Michael Foord, Jeff Hardy, and Jimmy Schementi as Coordinators. Miguel de Icaza and Jimmy Schementi will be the Coordinators of IronRuby.

“IronPython and IronRuby projects began as an effort to improve support for dynamic languages in .NET Framework and to diversify portfolio of programming languages. They helped create DLR in .NET Framework 4, on which we’ve also built C#’s new ‘dynamic’ keyword and improved Visual Basic’s late-binding support. We’ll continue to invest in making .NET Framework a great runtime environment for dynamic languages going forwar,” said Jason Zander.


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