Re: About Tcl/Tk


#1

Surgeon,

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From: Surgeon [mailto:removed_email_address@domain.invalid]

In order to build GUIs with Ruby, should I learn Tk?
By the way, I have tried to find Tk tutorials and I have seen
that all of them start with Tcl. Are Tcl and Tk “inseparable”
things? If I want to use/learn Tk, should I learn Tcl first?

No need to learn Tcl if you want to lean Tk. Also, for building GUI’s in
Ruby you shouldn’t need to learn Tk, there are other options.
I have very good experiences with fxruby ( http://www.fxruby.org/ )
myself.
Almost everything I tried worked as expected, it’s quite intuitive and
fast
and I was able to take my sources developed on a Linux box to a windows
machine and it just worked - no further tweaking needed.

Why did I first choose fxruby ? It seemed to be both mature enough and
able
to give me what I wanted fast without putting up too much of a fight.

Piet.


#2

Oh, these are so nice! I didn’t know them. Thank you very much indeed!


#3

Oh, these are so nice! I didn’t know them. Thank you very much indeed!


#4

Is it possible to build a GUI with NON-native look and feel? I mean,
I am using Windhose XP and my target platform will be mostly Win, too
:–( But I want to make my appz somewhat “Linuxish”.

Can I do it?


#5

Piet H. wrote on 1/9/2006 10:23 AM:

Why did I first choose fxruby ? It seemed to be both mature enough and able
to give me what I wanted fast without putting up too much of a fight.

just out of curiosity did you try fxruby with rubyscript2exe?

after playing around with gtk a bit, the only hanging point seem to be
easy deployment


#6

after playing around with gtk a bit, the only hanging point seem to be
easy deployment

I was hoping ruby-gtk would be what I was looking for, but I haven’t
started
yet and wouldn’t mind hearing any problems you’ve had.

What sort of deployment issues are you having? Ability to deploy
on all three platforms ('nix, Mac, Win) along with ease of use
will be the deciding factor for choosing a toolkit for me.

But hopefully it wont look like ass either. Fox is a lot less
beautiful than gtk imo.


#7

Alex C. wrote on 1/9/2006 1:21 PM:

I was hoping ruby-gtk would be what I was looking for, but I haven’t started
yet and wouldn’t mind hearing any problems you’ve had.

What sort of deployment issues are you having?

didn’t work with rubyscript2exe. i’d rather not have the customer
install gtk themself.

other than that i didn’t mind the toolkit itself

Ability to deploy> on all three platforms ('nix, Mac, Win)

i’m not able to try mac, but with *nix i would just hand over the
source and point them to the url’s for the various toolkits.

*nix users tend to be more savvy than windows users when it comes to a
more manual installation. so for windows i just prefer to hand over a
one file executable…

as a last resort i can use tk, as i’m already familiar with tcl/tk


#8

On Monday 09 January 2006 12:21, Alex C. wrote:

What sort of deployment issues are you having? Ability to deploy
on all three platforms ('nix, Mac, Win) along with ease of use
will be the deciding factor for choosing a toolkit for me.

But hopefully it wont look like ass either. Fox is a lot less
beautiful than gtk imo.

Check out RubyQt. It’s a lot better than those mentioned already. I
believe that a free software versions for Win32 and Mac OS X (using Qt
4.1) are almost complete!


#9

On Monday 09 January 2006 11:03, Surgeon wrote:

Is it possible to build a GUI with NON-native look and feel? I
mean, I am using Windhose XP and my target platform will be mostly
Win, too

:–( But I want to make my appz somewhat “Linuxish”.

Can I do it?

Both GTK and Qt can do what you’re looking for and both have Ruby
bindings. You’ll need to change the theme.


#10

Surgeon wrote:

Is it possible to build a GUI with NON-native look and feel? I mean,
I am using Windhose XP and my target platform will be mostly Win, too
:–( But I want to make my appz somewhat “Linuxish”.

For the sake of being nitpicky, I have to say that’s a VERY bad thing to
do. Unless you have a sadistic desire to baffle your users, you should
try to keep the L&F of your applications consistent with either
conventions for the target platform, or perhaps more importantly with
other similar applications on the same platform. Besides, L&Fs aren’t
really a thing that UI toolkits define, but rather how you design an
application. Besided, overriding controls to behave contrary to the
system defaults in all the details involved (like having selection copy
to the clipboard, or a single click launch an activation event instead
of a double click) is a lot of more or less pointless work.

PS: By gods, do use proper english, I'd like to think of this as a mature mailing list, not an IRC channel for 15 year olds. Thank you very much.

#11

Jason Dewayne Clinton wrote on 1/9/2006 10:25 PM:

Check out RubyQt. It’s a lot better than those mentioned already.

v4 out for windows yet? googling for it didn’t come up with anything
usable…