You Know Sasada-san? Yeah, Koichi Sasada at NamikiLab in Tokyo? Know What? He's Apparently the Chosen Son-Shi. Get a Load of That!
Huge, exciting news. But stay calm. Keep your vitamins in your pocket. Try your hardest not to yank the ejection lever. This is all hearsay from IRC.
<vruz> matz: any news about Ruby 2.0 ? Rite ? whatever comes next ? <matz> vruz: I have talked with Koichi Sasada, and he agreed to merge his YARV in the current interpreter. <matz> I _hope_ VARV will be core engine before the end of this year.
Matz called this coming leader by the name son-shi. I’d call him son-shi just for assembling the instruction table. This table comes from the bleeding-edge in his svn. I’m totally amazed at the diary he keeps on his progress.
More on building YARV in an earlier post. (The instructions still work for 0.2.0.)
A note: Daigo has been recommending that we use another word rather than “son-shi” when addressing Koichi (since the title has been used when referring to the terrorist cult leader Shoukou ASAHARA.) He recommends tai-tyou or mei-zin as possible nicer “good guy” subsitutes. Cheers, Daigo!
Furthermore: Matz did identify the impending title of son-shi to Sasada-san in October 2004. In the postscript, he equates son-shi with another Japanese word, but Mailman has the encoding messed up.
Addendum 12: And so on. Check the comments, gheesh.