I don't claim to know the definitive answer, but I believe that one is
just an updated version of the other. I've worked with both (not in
Ruby, but over the years), and I honestly couldn't tell you the
difference. That being said... I'm tempted to think that the curses
implementation may well have been ncurses, anyway, as I'm pretty sure
ncurses predates Ruby, itself. 

-Ken 

On 2016-11-23 22:11, Micky Scandal wrote: 

> hey, everyone. need a little clarification. what exactly is the difference between curses library and ncurses? i know the n stand for new so I know it's a newer version or replacement, but I guess what I really want to know is are they interchangeable? if I know curses, do I already know ncurses or is it a whole different beast? I just started working with curses but I was just looking for some documentation but everything is on ncurses. I originally went with curses since it's part of the stdlib (or used to be) but after a lot of googling I'm thinking I may be using something obsolete? is it worth learning or should I try to forget what I already learned and switch to ncurses? 
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