wxRuby2 preview 0.0.36 has been released!

wxRuby brings wxWidgets, a mature cross-platform GUI toolkit to Ruby. It uses native  widgets on Windows, OS X and Linux/GTK; you can write GUI code once and still give users the look, feel and behaviour they expect from desktop applications on their OS. 

This is a first alpha/preview release of wxRuby2, a complete rewrite of wxRuby.

= INSTALLING WXRUBY =

Binary gems for major platforms and a source tarball are available at:
	http://rubyforge.org/frs/?group_id=35&release_id=7185

or via gems:
	gem install wxruby2-preview

NOTE: this is an alpha-quality release, and is probably not yet stable enough for  production use - but it's evolving quickly! Feedback, feature requests and bug reports are very welcome.

All the packages come with a wide array of sample code to demonstrate how to use the library. Documentation is available online and can be downloaded for off-line reference.

= WHAT'S NEW? =

wxRuby2 is the result of a complete - and lengthy - re-engineering of an original port. Here's a few reasons why the wait's been worth it:

* based on wxWidgets 2.6, giving vastly improved appearance on OS X and Linux
* support for many new windows, controls and widgets
* more complete API coverage within classes
* unicode (UTF-8) support for creating multilingual apps
* uses exceptions rather than segfaults to warn you about incorrect usage ;)
* downloadable Ruby-specific documentation
* easier to extend and add support for more wxWidgets classes, by using SWIG
* simpler and more permissive licence
* binary gems for all major platforms

= WHY WXRUBY? =

There are several great GUI toolkits available for Ruby - but no other has all the features we like about wxRuby2:

* cross-platform, with a wide selection of widgets
* native widgets mean that applications look and work how users expect
* native widgets work well with accessibility tools and assistive software
* simple licence that's compatible with free and proprietary software
* mature foundation: wxWidgets has been around for over 10 years, and is actively developed
* binaries are easy to bundle and redistribute in end-user apps, no external dependencies

= TODO =

This version still has some memory management problems, which occasionally cause crashes - but we're ironing these out. Before we move to beta, we want to support all the GUI classes that were available in the last (0.6.0) release of the old series of wxruby. And there are improvements to be made to the Ruby documentation.

wxRuby is a big project, and volunteers are very welcome. There are opportunities to use all sorts of skills, from Ruby and C++ hacking to documentation and publicity.

= CREDITS =

wxRuby is a genuine team effort. Kevin Smith, Roy Sutton, Sean Long, Alex Fenton and Nick are major contributors to getting wxRuby2 this far. Thanks also to many others who submitted patches, bug reports and sample code, and to those who contributed to the original wxRuby codebase. A special thanks to Tom and other Rubyforge folk for providing unfailingly helpful hosting for the project.

= FURTHER INFORMATION =

* Project wiki:
	http://wxruby.org/
* FAQs
	http://wxruby.rubyforge.org/wiki/wiki.pl?WxRubyFAQs
* Rubyforge homepage:
	http://rubyforge.org/projects/wxruby
* Ruby documentation
	http://wxruby.rubyforge.org/doc/
* Friendly general mailing list:
	http://rubyforge.org/mailman/listinfo/wxruby-users