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> I'm torn. I'd rather just move on to 1.9 as fast as possible, in which
> case I'd rather not see all these new features in 1.8.7. OTOH,  if 1.9
> isn't really ready for production yet and won't be for a while, then
> these features are better to have than not to have.

My point is: is the pain of not having these features in core really  
bigger
than not having them (but available via libs)? I mean - the most used
functionality in ruby just got a whole lot bigger. Thats great. But i  
have
to keep my finger from it, because it doesn't fit into the rest of the
series - so, why bother?

facets at least gives me such functionality in a way that works across
ruby1.8.

I also see this as a problem of selling ruby to the world: you can't  
sell
without a certain notion of being "stable". As a programmer that has  
total
control over his system, I would always vote for new features. But the
reality that our target systems can be managed by others - and they
don't see ruby with the eyes of someone that reads this group. I know
more than one person that would really like to use ruby in a corporate
environment but can't - because they can't sell ruby as stable.

Regards,
Florian Gilcher
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