ANN: ruby-snarl

Envious of autotest/growl integration, but stuck in Win32 land? Well
come checkout ruby-snarl - the initial release includes full support
of autotest, but can be used for most any application that needs an
attractive GUI notification tool.

Background
I watched zenspider’s movie
(http://blog.zenspider.com/archives/2006/07/autotest_no_lon.html) of
autotest and the cute growl status notifications and had another
moment of Mac envy. My job keeps me firmly in Win32 and Linux and a
new Mac is a hard sell to the office manager, so I had to find another
way to fill feed my eye candy/work float addiction.

At the RubyMI (http://rubymi.org/) meeting one of our wonderful
members mentioned that there was a Win32 growl like notifier called
snarl (http://www.fullphat.net/snarl.html), it is not as good as
growl, but appears to be under active development and has the basics
in place. So I wrote a Ruby interface
(http://rubyforge.org/projects/ruby-snarl/), which is available as a
gem. Note you must download and install snarl for this to work.

Have fun
pth

Patrick H. wrote:

Envious of autotest/growl integration, but stuck in Win32 land? Well
come checkout ruby-snarl - the initial release includes full support
of autotest, but can be used for most any application that needs an
attractive GUI notification tool.

Ah, excellent, didn’t know about snarl, with ruby bindings it might be
really useful.

Though few points,
I’d like clarification in the rdoc that zero timeout is the same as
infinite timeout (maybe a constant for it even?)

And the update method doesn’t check for the icon being nil before
trying to expand the path, so I can’t give nil for it (which is
actually the default)

Also the examples 2-4 seem to use a number for the icons, but again,
it tries to expand the path and fails. I guess it’s supposed to be the
timeout?

Otherwise it seems perfect, thank you for it =)

On 8/8/06, Mikko L. [email protected] wrote:

Ah, excellent, didn’t know about snarl, with ruby bindings it might be
really useful.

My thoughts exactly – it (snarl), is poorly publicized, but seems
stable and useful.

I’d like clarification in the rdoc that zero timeout is the same as
infinite timeout (maybe a constant for it even?)

Fixed in docs and added a NO_TIMEOUT constant.

And the update method doesn’t check for the icon being nil before
trying to expand the path, so I can’t give nil for it (which is
actually the default)

Fixed – this is why I need tests and this at least I can test for –
I will add some interface tests today.

Also the examples 2-4 seem to use a number for the icons, but again,
it tries to expand the path and fails. I guess it’s supposed to be the
timeout?

Yup, initially I did not support icons, the examples will be fixed later
today.

Otherwise it seems perfect, thank you for it =)

You are very welcome, thanks for finding my rough edges
pth

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