September 10, 2007

Shoes: Cross-platform Ruby GUI Toolkit

Tonight I attended the monthly Chicago Area Ruby Group. A fellow ThoughtWorker, Josh Cronemeyer, gave an overview of Why's Shoes project.

Many of the attendees seemed to question the need for a Ruby based HTML-like GUI toolkit. While Shoes is by no means ready, nor possibly even intended for, business applications I did find it interesting. A viable Ruby GUI toolkit would improve Ruby adoption even further. Of course JRuby and Swing integration could be sufficient enough to fill that gap (i.e. Swiby).

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