new Ruby+Linux+IDE project
Hi, All -
I'd like to describe the project I'm working on publicly, because I'm
interviewing now and I want to establish clearly that nobody owns this
So, for the record, this is Copyright (c) 2016 Donald S. Wilde. All
My intent is to open-source the code base on github and make my living
from subscriptions of e-mails, vlogs and tutorials as well as advanced
I'm sure you all are aware of the incredible variety of new
Linux-capable boards out there. As Intel found out, Linux boards are
not as trivial to deploy as Arduinos... duh. That's why they pay us.
:) That said, these boards are now as low as $5 each (Pi ZERO), so
there's a definite market.
I am creating a tool that includes a multi-platform host GUI IDE,
comms, and target-resident daemon for deploying Ruby (or possibly
other) programs and threads by means of instructions received from the
host and codified in daemon-readable config and script files in a
specific set of formats that enable it all to be launched from
My intent is to make deploying Linux-based, Ruby-capable systems on
these small target boards (Raspberry Pi xx, etc.) with multiple
processes (including I/O and kernel tweaks) as easy as deploying a
single-process Arduino. Now, we all know how great Ruby is, but
there'll be a learning curve for Joe and Jane. That's where my
subscriptions come in as well as potential guest authors and
advocates. No promises yet, but I've been watching embedded
programming for thirty years -- including trying to make such boards
15 years ago before the time was right -- and I say there's room for a
lot of roaming here and now. Most of these boards are just barely
making it onto the docks in China now, and there's no telling what the
China financial crisis will do to final pricing, but there's a six
month window before most of these things hit our shores.
Once my toolkit is ready -- and I'll iterate it on GIThub starting
next month -- there will be room for improvements and there will also
be opportunity for savvy coders like y'alls to take advantage of my
project in your own paying work with clients.
There, I've said it. It's out there and thank you for being part of it
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