Lone Star Ruby Conf 2008: Creating Desktop Applications with Ruby on Mac OS X

Posted in Conferences, Development, Operating Systems on September 17, 2008

Lone Star Ruby Conf 2008: Creating Desktop Applications with Ruby on Mac OS X

As of Leopard, Apple has made Ruby a first class citizen for developing desktop applications. At some point everyone has an idea for a great desktop application. With a good number of Rubyists using OS X these days I want to give an introduction to what is possible with RubyCocoa so that when that great idea shows up, they know their options.

This talk introduces Ruby Cocoa, listing the major frameworks. Examples of apps using RubyCocoa are given (the most popular right now being GitNub). An example application is also be created showing the power of Cocoa plus the power of being able to write in Ruby and having access to gems.

I also cover recent developments related to Cocoa and bridges: MacRuby, nu, RubyObjC and talk about pros and cons.

Lightning talk at Mountain West Ruby Conf 2008 on RubyCocoa

Brian Cook
Brian runs roobasoft, LLC (roobasoft.com) and spends most of his time making web applications with Ruby and desktop applications for Mac OS X with Cocoa and Objective-C. Lately the two world’s of Ruby and Cocoa have been merging as he’s been spending more and more time with RubyCocoa. Brian is married and has two small daughters who happily consume the remainder of his time.

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Tags: Conferences, Ruby, OS, MacOS, RubyCocoa, Confreaks, Lone Star Ruby Conf 2008, GitNub, MacRuby, RubyObjC, nu