> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shashank Date [mailto:sdate / everestkc.net] 
> Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003 1:37 PM
> To: ruby-talk ML
> Subject: Using Vruby instead of VB ?
> 
> 
> Inspired by Steve's presentation at RubyConf-2003, (
> thanks to zenspider, see:
> 
> Steve Tuckner: Ruby World: (Not) Implemented
> www.zenspider.com /dl /rubyconf2003 /RubyNotImplemented.tar.gz
> )
> 
> I am looking at the possibility of using Vruby/Swin instead 
> of VisualBasic to develop a small (commercial) application on 
> Windows. This application has
> to:
> 
> 1. Have native (Windows) look and feel

I *think* Vruby/Swin will give you that from what I've read.  I haven't
actually tried it.  I'm a bit concerned that the author says his
development environment is Windows 98, but perhaps it's a non-issue.

> 2. Interface with MS Access (possibly with MS SQL Server2K in 
> future)

I *thought* you could use ODBC to interface with MS Access, but I'm not
positive.  Otherwise, it ought to be possible via OLE (right?).  There's
no specific DBD for either Access or SQL Server that I know of.

>3. Print reports in landscape and portrait mode

Eek - now you're talking hardware interfaces - way out of my realm.

>4. Run only on one machine (no networking etc)

Simple enough - don't create any sockets or pipes that would allow
networking. :)

> 
> With Steve Tuckner, Dan Berger, Park Heesob and many other 
> Win / Ruby experts on my side, I feel like taking the risk ;-)
> 
> What do Rubyists have to say ? Any gotchas I need to be aware of ?
> 
> -- shanko

We'll help as we can, I'm sure. :)

Regards

Dan