Hi,

Edward Wilson <web2ed / yahoo.com> wrote:
> When I was flamed off the Python group for asking what I felt were
> legitimate questions about Python's obvious weaknesses (every language
> has at least one weakness..let's be honest) and I began to ask simular
> questions about Ruby and wasn't flamed but welcomed; I knew I had
> found a language that was destined for greatness and long life.

Really?  That did happen in a technical discussion group such as
Python?  I am glad I have switched to Ruby.

> What bugs me about Ruby, or what keeps me `searching' for the ideal
> contemporary language is that Ruby doesn't have a complier to either
> native code or even byte code like Python, Ocaml, Java, and Lisp.  If
> Ruby had a native compiler, and this is a tall order given the dynamic
> nature of Ruby, I don't think I would voluntarily use anything else. 

Do you have any experience with rb2c, as suggested by Bulat?  I haven't
tried it myself.

Regards,

Bill