I’m about to start helping a friend of mine learn Ruby by building a small GUI
database application he needs.
We’re both interested in having it run on Windows & Linux. Also, since he
only runs Windows and I only run Linux, that would mean I could help him with
So, I’d be interested to hear whether anyone has had good/bad experiences with
any of the cross-platform GUIs that have Ruby interfaces.
I’m mainly interested in: (1) how “Ruby Way”-ish APIs feel, (2) whether you
hit any gotchas that meant you ended up having to conditionalise the code for
the two platforms, and (3) how much effort seemed to be involved.
I’ve done a fair bit of Ruby/Tk programming on Linux, but have never tried to
run the corresponding programs on Windows (something for me to try!). I’m
also thinking about FOX and Fltk. Are there any other GUIs that run well on
both Windows and Linux?
I’ve noticed the discussion of GUItopia on the list recently. Is there a
working version yet, or is that still a future?
Thanks in advance. I think picking the right GUI API is going to make a big
difference to my mate’s first impression of Ruby.