On Dec 18, 2007, at 11:45 AM, Mohit Sindhwani wrote:

> Wesley Rishel wrote:
>> I have been reviewing the copious old threads (and the various  
>> cited web
>> sites) on this topic from the point of view of my needs. I think I  
>> have
>> some conclusions and am hoping that some of you with actual  
>> experience
>> can tell me if I'm on the right track.
>>
>> My needs:
>> a) I write small programs in Ruby for personal convenience, and  
>> the fun
>> of being a do-it-yourselfer. I have programmed professtionally,  
>> but that
>> was many moons ago.
>>
>> b) I am not interested in a long learning curve. I would like a  
>> WSYWIG
>> dialogue editor, but not at the expense of a package that would  
>> weeks to
>> become productive. Weeks of programming time takes months for a
>> hobbyist.
>>
>> c) cheap is required; free is better. I would probably pop for  
>> $100 but
>> nothing like Qt.
>>
>> d) my target OS is Windows
>>
>> e) huge footprint not acceptable; I do most of my hobby  
>> programming on a
>> company-owned laptop, not set up as a development machine.
>>
>> f) I don't have a C++ compiler and am hoping not to have compile
>> anything to install.
>>
>> g) I can get by with bread and butter UIs rather than baked  
>> Alaska. I do
>> want to be able to draw a graph once in awhile.
>>
>>
>
> If direct support (specifically from _this_ forum) is less of an  
> issue, you could consider WideStudio. * It has a Visual Basic/  
> Borland Delphi style Project manager window that lets you draw your  
> dialogs. * You can get a binary for Windows - no need for
> * It does the wiring between events and invoking certain portions  
> of code
> * Not sure about the graphs.. but I guess it has something like a  
> canvas
> * The footprint is a bit of a concern.  The directory with  
> everything installed takes about 400MB (you could selectively  
> remove things you don't need - like its own install of Ruby,  
> Python, Perl, etc.)  However, I have it running a very simple  
> project for Ruby and it actually says it needs only about 10MB.
> * It's free (and if it matters, open source)
>
> Negatives:
> * There's no real built-in code editor
> * You'll need to read the online guide:  http://www.widestudio.org/ 
> EE/prog-ruby/prog.html to see what is possible.
>
> Note that the projects you create will need to link with  
> WideStudio's DLLs for accessing the OS native widgets, etc.
>
> http://www.widestudio.org/
>
> Cheers
> Mohit.
>
>
>

You might want to investigate _why's Shoes libraries.

Works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

http://code.whytheluckystiff.net/shoes