Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, the creator of the Ruby programming language has joined Heroku — one of the prime Platform-as-a-Service companies that has a big focus on Ruby (although they support node.js and clojure now too).
From the Heroku announcement:
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.
In an interview about his new job Matz shows surprisingly little commitment to Heroku as a company:
However, joining Heroku as Chief Architect does not mean that I swear loyalty to Heroku and Salesforce.com. This does not change relationship with NaCl and Rakuten which continue to support me and for whom I also remain chairman of the Ruby association.
As for the reason for the title? I picked the name “Chief Architect” out of multiple options as it sounded most business neutral. I am not going to be involved with any business decision about Heroku in future.