A good friend brought this thread to my attention. Limelight has been
my pet project for a few years now. I’ll see what I can do to answer
tuti plain wrote:
I am a Ruby GUI freak. Every once in a while, I’ll google something
like “ruby gui api”. So far, though, I have only worked with FXRuby
because of its, IMO, excellent book, which I bought in Amazon. While
looking into GUIs, I came across LimeLight, an API for JRuby. I tried
out a few of the examples, and I liked what I saw. But I wonder… why
is it rarely mentioned in these forums?
I guess we haven’t done a really good job of publicizing it. I’ve
presented it at a couple conference as have a couple other people. But
so far it doesn’t have much of a user base.
Here at 8th Light, we love using Limelight. We use it for internal
projects and client projects. It’s great!
Is it not a regular GUI API?
Hmm… Interesting question. I suppose I like to think that it’s not
“regular”. Where it differs most from other GUI APIs is in it’s
Though I have not delved into the API itself, it seems to have a
different concept about GUI programming (like, setting up “stages” or
something). Is there a reason for this, or is it not that well known?
Yeah. The theater metaphor used by Limelight evolved after many
iterations of development. There are things I like about desktop GUI
development and there are things I like about web GUI development. In
developing Limelight, I took the best of both worlds. Although it’s
still evolving, the Limelight API is what feels most natural to me.
If you’ve got some patience, here’s a 25 min video of a talk I gave at
qcon SF 2009. It’s a light weight overview of the Limelight framework.