I recently took over the development and maintenance of Ruby/LDAP from Takaaki Tateishi. I'd like to thank him for writing Ruby/LDAP and putting a large development effort into it over the last few years.
In the last year, development on Ruby/LDAP had slowed and so I started to submit patches to Takaaki. Due to his busy nature these days and the lack of suitable test servers, Takaaki was unable to spend much time testing these patches and continuing to develop the library, so he suggested that I take it over from him.
Because I don't run LDAP servers at home and am already very short on free time, I was unsure whether I should take over the reins of power from Takaaki. I want the library to flourish, not stagnate, so it was important to me that I be able to give it the attention it deserves.
I thus talked to my employer about the maintenance of the library and am now happy to be able to spend some of my working week on Ruby/LDAP, which pleases me no end.
Look for a steady stream of minor improvements to Ruby/LDAP in the coming months.