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Although JRuby has maintained a high degree of compatibility with C Ruby, there still are a few considerations when making an existing Rails application run with JRuby. We’ll introduce a simple step-wise process for ensuring you can trial your application on JRuby. From there we’ll discuss its merits as a deployment platform, including stability and performance, and why these can be worth taking the trouble to make a few changes to your application and deployment workflow.
Nick Sieger is an engineer at Engine Yard, working on JRuby and leading the effort to make the Java Virtual Machine a robust yet easy-to-use deployment platform for Rails and Ruby web applications. He created and co-maintains the JDBC adapter for ActiveRecord that JRuby on Rails uses for database connectivity, as well as the Warbler tool and JRuby-Rack library for dealing with Java application server deployment. He maintains a blog on Ruby and JRuby-related topics at blog.nicksieger.com.