On Dec 7, 2007, at 5:05 AM, Alex Fenton wrote:

> Christian Kerth wrote:
>> Hey I want to create a growl like notification system for a ruby
>> application. I'm using the wxruby toolkit.
>> Is there a component that allows such a behavior (display text, not
>> shown in taskbar...). I had a look at the splash screen component,  
>> but
>> that one isn't able to display text.
>
> There's nothing quite like this in wxRuby at the moment, because  
> there's no cross-platform way at the moment to do it in the  
> underlying toolkit. It's under discussion:
>
> http://www.nabble.com/API-for-transient-notification-messages-- 
> t4832586.html
>
> I guess you could use  Win32API to do it on Windows, but AFAIK  
> there is no "native" way to do this on OS X, hence growl as an add- 
> on. Perhaps Growl could be scripted via Ruby-Cocoa.
>
> I'd be interested to know if any of the other major toolkits  
> support this: QT or GTK.
>
> PS - these questions are better asked on the wxruby-users mailing  
> list, where more people will see them:
>
> http://www.ruby-forum.com/forum/36
> http://rubyforge.org/pipermail/wxruby-users/
>
> alex
>
on OS X growl does use native APIs!
Cocoa does have this stuff available. It's just a PITA to dig through  
the cocoa docs.
that means, however, you can access it with RubyCocoa... maybe even  
appscript-rb or rubyosa