Hi all,

I found this post interesting.  Is Ruby ignoring the mobile market?  Do
we need a "microruby" implementation?

From Berco Beute, commenting on GvR's "Marketing Python - An Idea Whose
Time Has Come" Artima post at
http://www.artima.com/weblogs/viewpost.jsp?thread=150515

"Trying to market python is useless, it has to sell itself. Ruby isn't
marketed as most in this forum seem to believe. It is has one great
vehicle: RoR. The ideas behind RoR were interesting enough to sell
itself. Ruby just piggybacks.

Fortunately for Python there is one giant opportunity right under its
nose: mobile devices. I won't grow tired pointing out that the market of
mobile devices will be so much bigger than the PC market. With Nokia's
open source implementation of a Python interpreter for their series 60
phones the first steps have been taken in the right direction. And it's
a direction that the Ruby community completely ignores. I've been using
Ruby before Python and once explicitely asked the Ruby community, via
their main newsgroup, whether anybody was thinking about a Ruby
interpreter for mobile devices. No positive reactions.

So if you want Python to become more popular, grab the source of Nokia's
implementation from here:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/pys60

and port it every thinkable mobile device. Compelling applications will
follow, believe me, since the advantage of using python over e.g. java
microedition are enormous and many developers will be eager to switch."