The big hype and spin cycle out of RailsConf this year is the news of a new Ruby implementation, MagLev. MagLev is only the nth implementation of Ruby to make waves, after JRuby, Rubinius, and IronRuby. MagLev is based and powered by a SmallTalk VM from GemStone. Avi Bryant described as a ‘full stack Ruby implementation.’ Avi also said that MagLeve still does not run Rails and is not RubySpec compliant, but it will soon be. From the language in the news and articles available on MagLev, it seems that this implementation of Ruby will be positioned as a ‘enterprise-y’ implementation for large-scale deployment.

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