Ruby In Steel ’Goes Gold’ - ships next week
Ruby In Steel Developer has today ‘gone gold’ – which means, in the curious jargon of the industry, all development, testing and documentation has ceased and the release version of the software has been uploaded to the servers.
This brings to an end the development cycle which we announced in the RoadMap in May of 2006 – and, I’m please, and relieved, to say that we have kept to our pre-announced schedule and will deliver the software when we said we would: Ruby In Steel DE (Developer Edition) will finally go on sale early next week just before the end of January.
As we’ve already said, this is just the first phase. The Road Map already outlines the next steps – from 1.1 (bug fixes and minor improvements) to 1.2 (‘Visual Rails’) and right up to 1.5 towards the end of 2007. The reduced launch price of $199 will be retained up to version 1.1, at which time the price rises to $249. Registered users will get free updates to all versions up to and including 1.5.
In the meantime, there are quite a few places where you can get more information, report bugs or pop by to say ‘Hello’. First, for an up-to-date guide to all the features in both the DE and PE (free) editions, download the newly updated manual. To ask questions about both editions, to make suggestions (politely, if possible), or just to have a chat about Ruby, Rails, Ruby In Steel or whatever else takes your fancy, we now have an online forum. There is also a private support area in the forum which will be available only to registered users of Ruby In Steel Developer.
And finally, if you just want to receive any news when new versions of the software become available, you can join our mailing list.
I look forward to getting to know you better in the months and years ahead.