>> Seriously, though, if there were a Ruby GUI tool
that
>> you could use to create another Excel -- *that*
would
>> be exciting.

>Had a look at ncurses recently? :-)

It's good for making Omega run on modern computers! 
(note to self: create Ruby Roguelike)

Actually, a kind of 'graphical curses' might be a good
place to start.  I'm not sure if curses was more
elegant than most 2d apis because it had the luxury of
dealing in characters rather than pixels, or because
it was just good.

Of course, to make my Excel-clone, I'd still have to
add object embedding, a document object model, a
language to access it with, IPC, a database layer, and
a user-freindly WYSIWYG form editing system.  But
after that, with the simple addition of formulas, text
formatting, charting, reporting, integration with some
other large items of software, and zillions of little
buttons, it could be a contender, oh yes.



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