FXRuby is a library for developing powerful and sophisticated cross-platform graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for your Ruby applications. It’s based on the FOX Toolkit, a popular open source C++ library developed by Jeroen van der Zijp. What that means for you as an application developer is that you’re able to write code in the Ruby programming language that you already know and love, while at the same time taking advantage of the performance and functionality of a featureful, highly optimized C++ toolkit.
FXRuby supportes everything of FOX, that is useful in Ruby:
MDI/SDI application window layouts, floating toolbars
Rich set of controls (tables, imagelists, menus, canvas, …)
Flexible layout management
Image read/write support in many formats
Embedded OpenGL graphics through the opengl-bindings gem
FXRuby runs on Linux, Windows and OS-X with Ruby-2.2 or newer. Installation on Unix requires FOX development headers and libraries installed:
sudo apt-get install g++ libxrandr-dev libfox-1.6-dev
sudo port install rb-fxrubyOR
brew install fox && brew install xquartz
on Windows: the binary fxruby gems already contain all required libraries
see also detailed installation instructions in the Wiki
Then, install the gem:
gem install fxruby
On Mac, before running applications, you must also run:
open -a /Applications/Utilities/XQuartz.app
(otherwise, you end up getting this message when running applications on Mac:
FXRbApp::openDisplay: unable to open display :0.0)
The directory structure is:
Contains example programs demonstrating how to use FXRuby and its many wonderful features.
Contains the C++ source code for the shared library part of FXRuby. These files are required to build FXRuby from the source code.
Contains the Ruby source code for the rest of FXRuby. These files are not required to “build” FXRuby, but they are a part of the standard FXRuby runtime environment and must be installed along with the shared library part.
Contains a test battery for FXRuby.
If you're looking at a checkout of the source code from its GIT repository, you might see some additional directories of interest:
An archive of the FOX library header files corresponding to this release of FXRuby.
A set of “fake” Ruby source files for the various FXRuby classes, which are used to generate RDoc-style documentation.
The SWIG interface files used to generate the C++ wrapper code (i.e. the code found in the ext/fox directory).
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