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dRuby (drb) is a distributed object system for Ruby, included in the standard library.


The dRuby (drb) distributed object system has been in the standard library since 1.8(??).

The standard library just includes the core drb framework. The full package includes a few more features, but seems to have never really made the transition to fully maintaned, standard-alone gem.

Actually, drb is a bit of a curiosity. It’s main use appears to be for personal productivity gadgets or simply research and exploration of distributed computing ideas.

The really nice thing is that it is super simple to get something working in a line or two of code..

Start the server…

$ ./drb_server.rb
starting on druby://localhost:9000..
handling doit...

Make a client call…

$ ./drb_client.rb
Hello, Distributed World


Taking a Look at the Full Package

Downloading the latest(?) available source package:

tar zxvf drb-2.0.4.tar.gz
rm drb-2.0.4.tar.gz

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