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FXRuby: Create Lean and Mean GUIs with Ruby


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Create Lean and Mean GUIs with Ruby


FXRuby is one of the most popular libraries for developing graphical user
interface applications in Ruby. This book is the quickest and easiest way to get
started developing GUI applications using FXRuby. With a combination of tutorial
exercises and focused, technical information, this book goes beyond the basics
to equip you with proven, practical knowledge and techniques for developing
real-world FXRuby applications. Learn directly from the lead developer of
FXRuby and you’ll be writing powerful and sophisticated GUIs in your favorite
programming language.

Read an interview with the author and excerpt at

About this Title

Pages: 240
Published: 2008-04-01
Release: P1.0 (2008-04-07)
ISBN: 978-1-93435-607-4

FXRuby is a highly object-oriented toolkit for building lean, mean, cross-platform
graphical user interfaces in Ruby. Since its initial release in 2001, FXRuby has
become one of the most popular GUI choices for Ruby developers. This book is
your best resource for rapidly learning how to develop powerful, sophisticated
GUIs in your favorite programming language.
If you’re a newcomer to GUI programming, this book will introduce you to the
basics of FXRuby programming by leading you through building a GUI
application with FXRuby from start to finish. If you’re an experienced software
developer who just needs to get up to speed on FXRuby and what it can do for
you, this book will help you put FXRuby to work in your Ruby-based applications.
Along the way, you’ll learn how to leverage FXRuby’s vast collection of user
interface elements to build visually rich user interfaces. You’ll see how FXRuby
uses the concept of sending messages between objects to implement eventdriven
applications, and how you can most effectively use layout managers to
construct flexible user interfaces.
Go beyond the basics with proven, practical knowledge and techniques for
developing real-world GUI programs in Ruby.

Contents & Extracts

Full table of contents

  • Building an FXRuby Application
    • Getting Started With FXRuby
    • The Picture Book Application
    • Take 1: Display a Single Photo
    • Take 2: Display an Entire Album
    • Take 3: Managing Multiple Albums
  • FXRuby Fundamentals
    • FXRuby Under the Hood
    • Building Simple Widgets
    • Sorting Data with List and Table Widgets
    • Editing Text with The Text Widget
    • Creating Visually Rich User Interfaces
    • Managing Layouts
    • Advanced Menu Management
    • Providing Support with Dialog Boxes
    • Bibliography


Lyle Johnson is the lead developer of FXRuby, one of the most popular graphical user interface libraries for the Ruby programming language. An active participant in the Ruby programming community since 2000, he also co-authored the Ruby Developer’s Guide, one of the first English-language books about Ruby. For the past fifteen years, he’s developed software applications for a variety of industries, including engineering modeling and simulation, biotechnology and computer network defense.