[webkit-dev] Ruby in WebKit

Filip Pizlo fpizlo at apple.com
Mon Apr 8 12:00:32 PDT 2013

Wow, this is really cool!  Congrats on the hard work!

On Apr 8, 2013, at 11:41 AM, Tim Mahoney <tim.mahoney at me.com> wrote:

> I modified WebKit to support Ruby. It needs more work, and I'd like some comments. 
> You can check it out here:
> http://trydecaf.org
> http://github.com/timahoney/decaf 
> I wrote about some of the major changes here:
> https://github.com/timahoney/decaf/wiki/Changes-to-WebKit
> Have I done anything silly?

:-)  Yes and no.  The non-silly part is that this is an awesome display of engineering; the silly part is that adding a new language to the web requires convincing a lot of people.  For better or worse, the web already has a language. :-/  WebKit is unlikely to unilaterally add support for a different language, unless there was support in standards bodies and/or consensus from other browser vendors.

> What changes should I make?

Do you want it to get adopted?  Then you probably have a steep, uphill battle to convince the Web world that this is the right direction.

> Who's interested in multiple scripting languages?

Personally, I think this is good stuff, and I'm really impressed.  I happen to like Ruby a lot.  But I am unsure how much traction this will get.  We probably wouldn't want this in WebKit trunk unless we believed that it was the right direction for the web, and we probably wouldn't want to add support for a non-JS-compatible language unilaterally.


> Thanks,
> Tim
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