Ruby creator Yukihiro Matsumoto has joined Heroku, the San Francisco outfit that cut its teeth with an online service for building, deploying, and readily scaling Ruby on Rails applications. In recent weeks, Heroku's "cloud" service has expanded beyond Rails to Node.js and Clojure and it intends to embrace additional languages …
He looks nothing like a pine tree!
Comment on Japanese open source
Great to see Matsumoto lend his credibility as the creator of Ruby to Heroku. I am a long-time fan of open source in general and think there are multiple, highly credible business models for open source. Open source programming languages in particular seem especially powerful. (Disclosure: I am a consultant for ActiveState, products and services for Perl, Python and Tcl.) Having creators and contributors rewarded is great. I think, however, that this shows again that Japanese open source can create hits but does not take full advantage of them. Ruby, created in Japan, has VC money and serious business activities connected to it in North America. How come Japanese companies aren't involved. How come Matsumoto wouldn't jump to an aggressive, well-funded Japan-based company?
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