Matz joins Heroku
July 12, 2011 by James Lindenbaum
Today marks a very special occasion in the history of Heroku, as we are honored to announce that Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto, the creator of Ruby, has joined the Heroku team as Chief Architect, Ruby.
In 1993, a time when most programming languages were focussed on computational efficiency, Matz wanted to create a language focussed on developer experience, happiness, and productivity. This insight was years ahead of the trend toward agile software methodologies (the Agile Software Manifesto, for example, was published in 2001).
With this unique intention, Matz created a beautiful and elegant language that has steadily grown a passionate following, becoming wildly popular in recent years, partially thanks to David Heinemeier Hansson's Ruby on Rails web framework. Ruby has a strong community and is a true open-source collaborative effort with hundreds of contributors.
Matz has driven Ruby's design as a language, as well as the most widely used Ruby implementation (MRI), and will continue to do so in his role at Heroku, along with a small team of Ruby's core committers.
While Heroku is becoming a polyglot platform (now officially supporting Ruby, Node.js, and Clojure), Ruby remains one of our favorite languages; we will continue to invest heavily in its support.
We love Ruby, and we are honored to be able to give back to the community and to Matz, the Ruby dai-sensei, by providing resources for him and his team to continue to design and architect the language.
– The Heroku Team
Official press release here.