Item description for FXRuby: Create Lean and Mean GUIs with Ruby (Pragmatic Programmers) by Lyle Johnson...
FXRuby is a highly object-oriented toolkit for building lean, mean, cross-platform graphical user interfaces in Ruby. Since its initial release in 2001, FXRuby has become one of the most popular GUI choices for Ruby developers. This book is your best resource for rapidly learning how to develop powerful, sophisticated GUIs in your favorite programming language.
If you're a newcomer to GUI programming, this book will introduce you to the basics of FXRuby programming by leading you through building a GUI application with FXRuby from start to finish. If you're an experienced software developer who just needs to get up to speed on FXRuby and what it can do for you, this book will help you put FXRuby to work in your Ruby-based applications. Along the way, you'll learn how to leverage FXRuby's vast collection of user interface elements to build visually rich user interfaces. You'll see how FXRuby uses the concept of sending messages between objects to implement event-driven applications, and how you can most effectively use layout managers to construct flexible user interfaces.
Go beyond the basics with proven, practical knowledge and techniques for developing real-world GUI programs in Ruby.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Apr 4, 2008
Publisher Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN 1934356077 ISBN13 9781934356074 UPC 852766001476
Reviews - What do customers think about FXRuby: Create Lean and Mean GUIs with Ruby (Pragmatic Programmers)?
Good Introduction To Ruby GUIs May 29, 2008
'FXRuby: Create Lean and Mean GUIs with Ruby' is a nice introduction to creating GUIs with Ruby. The content is straight and to the point filled with no frills information. Data is spread over 14 chapters and the writing is concise. My only complaints are that I feel this book is too short at just over 200 pages and I wish there was color within. Having said that, I feel this is a good resource for Ruby developers who need to learn how to work with and create GUIs in one of the hottest new technologies to come about in some time (Ruby).
Great introduction to a solid library Apr 30, 2008
GUI programming tends to get ignored when people talk about Ruby. That's a shame, because there are some excellent GUI libraries available for the language. FXRuby has been around for several years and it is probably the most mature. Lyle Johnson, the author of this book, is also the primary maintainer for FXRuby. He is always very helpful in the support mailing lists, and his approachable friendly manner shines through in this book. It's a great introduction, building progressively more complicated applications as you establish a more solid foundation of experience using the library. You'll definitely be ready to use FXRuby in your own apps by the time you're finished with the book, and you'll be hungry to learn more if you're anything like me.
I would have liked to see more about using OpenGL from FXRuby, but it might have made the book unnecessarily cumbersome. It would be nice to see a dedicated library reference someday. Then again, the online RDocs will probably always be the best reference.