From the "Where the hell was I that day?" Department....
The JRuby community is pleased to announce the release of JRuby 1.1!
JRuby 1.1 is the second major release for our project. The main goal for 1.1
has been improving performance. We have made great strides in performance
during the last nine months. There have been more and more reports of
applications exceeding Ruby 1.8.6 performance; we are even beating Ruby 1.9
in some microbenchmarks. ...
Congratulations to Thomas and Charlie and the rest of the JRuby team; I'm looking forward to playing around with JRuby, specifically in AOT/compiled mode, and for using it as Ruby was originally intended, as a scripting language to make working with systems (in this case, the JVM) easier, a la JMX client scripts to stop-and-start a web application during development/deployment.