I'm contemplating writing an application in Ruby but in order to do so I
have some requirements that I hope everyone can help me out with.

This is for a primarily windows application, however I'd like to keep
the door open for Mac/Linux.


1. GUI - Native Look and Feel.  According to wxRuby the bindings aren't
mature enough for production use.  Does anyone have any experience with
this and/or can you offer alternatives that provide a native look and
feel (I

2. Databases - contemplating using ActiveRecord, but I would like to use
ODBC to support multiple types of DB's in a uniform way (if you know of
alternatives to ODBC or ActiveRecord, please let me know).

3. Binary - Are there any utilities for compiling Ruby into a binary
executable?  The issue is twofold, speed, and not handing the customer
the source :)


I have no experience with developing/deploying Ruby in a
"shrinkwrapped-esque" environment and would appreciate input from those
with more experience.

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