Yukihiro Matsumoto the creator of the free and open source Ruby programming language is joining Heroku as Chief Architect of Ruby. Heroku is an open Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) founded in 2007 which was acquired last year by Salesforce.

The Ruby programming language was publicly released in 1995 and has since produced a large and rapidly growing following and ecosystem of Ruby-based, complementary technologies.  Ruby is used by millions of developers worldwide and runs many of the world’s most popular brands, from Comcast and Best Buy to AT&T’s Yellow pages, Hulu, and Twitter. According to Gartner, Ruby has become the leading development language used to write next generation apps that are social, collaborative, and provide real-time information across mobile devices.

Byron Sebastian, Heroku GM and SVP of Platforms for salesforce.com, said  ”As a member of our platform development team, Matsumoto-san will continue his work on the Ruby language in close collaboration with the Ruby community, keeping the language open and advancing the technology in exciting new ways.  Matz will further accelerate innovation for Ruby and make it even friendlier for developers to build world-class apps.”

Today, Heroku powers more than 150,000 apps written by Ruby developers.

Matsumoto said “I decided to join Heroku because they are committed to openness and developing Ruby further. I want to make the Ruby development experience even richer, more natural and more productive than ever for all Ruby developers.”

A self-taught computer programmer, Yukihiro Matsumoto or “Matz,” as he is known in the community, graduated with a degree in information science from Tsukuba University, where he was a member of Ikuo Nakata’s research lab on programming languages and compilers.



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