Can I use ironruby that different from other implementation of ruby?
I am taking a ruby class this semester. In my book it said that there is an implementation of ruby for VS called IronRuby. I'd like to use visual studio that I use any way for work. My only concern is to know if there's significant difference (if any) with the other rubies so that I can go ahead and Use VS2012? In class we use a book called "Ruby Programming Language by Matsumoto"
Thanks for helping.
If you're just doing the exercises in the book, you should be fine.
Personally, I would not use it because:
IronRuby hasn't had a stable (or alpha) release in years, and its future is uncertain (little project activity and missing lead developers).
It's not 100% compatible with MRI, so you may run into weirdness, though I haven't been able to find a more detailed RubySpec.
More Ruby is written and tested on Unix-like machines than Windows, so if you need to use gems, you may run into weird issues with IronRuby that don't occur in MRI.
You should spend most of your time learning in irb, so Visual Studio doesn't really help you :). (irb is the interactive prompt -- you can test your code in real-time, instead of having to save and run [or compile].)