Hi,

I recently came across limelight -
http://limelight.8thlight.com/main/sparkle.

Haven't had a chance to play with it yet but it sounds like it might be
worth consideration.

Cheers,
Jits


2009/10/28 Marnen Laibow-Koser <marnen / marnen.org>

> Hi folks!
>
> I'm an experienced Rails developer, but for once this is not a Rails
> question.  Rather, I have a desktop app I'd like to create -- we're
> talking something like a spreadsheet-type app, though not quite.  Since
> I've been using Ruby more than any other language for the last 2 years,
> and since I love working in Ruby, I'd like to try to write the app in
> Ruby to the extent possible.
>
> Since this is meant as an end-user productivity application for
> nontechnical users, and since I'd like the barriers to use of this app
> to be as low as possible, I have a couple of requirements:
> * Must run on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows, preferably with a minimum of
> hassle in the build process
> * Must install with a minimum of extra dependencies -- ideally I'd like
> people to be able to download an executable, unzip it, and run it
> immediately, without needing administrator permissions
> * Should feel as much like a native app as possible -- I don't want
> users to have to deal with an alien UI
>
> I suppose I could go the RIA route, but I tend to think a native app
> would be better...
>
> So...does anyone have any suggestions for a good way to do this in Ruby?
> My thought process so far has been about like this -- feel free to
> correct me on anything I got wrong.
>
> * RubyCocoa: would be my first choice if I didn't care about
> cross-platform compatibility, but I don't think I can expect to run a
> RubyCocoa app on anything but Mac OS and maybe GnuStep
> * Ruby/Tk, Ruby/Qt: I'm under the impression that these tend to need big
> library installations, especially on Windows.  Is that correct?
> * wxRuby: Don't know a heck of a lot about it
> * Shoes?  Is that still around now that Why has vanished?  Is it worth
> using?
> * JRuby/RJB: at the moment, seems like the best choice (as much as I get
> annoyed by working with Java).  Is that an accurate assessment?  If so,
> what tends to get used for GUI libraryies?  Swing/Monkeybars/Profligacy?
> * Any other suggestions?
>
> I hope I'm not being too idiotic here.  I don't know nearly as much as I
> should about the current state of desktop GUI app development in Ruby,
> and I'd like to fix that!  Thanks.
>
> Best,
> --
> Marnen Laibow-Koser
> http://www.marnen.org
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