Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ruby/GTK3 on Raspberry Pi

I've decided to give the GTK3 library a try for writing small GUI applications in Ruby on the Raspberry Pi. My two main reasons are that the Ruby GTK3 Gem was easy to install and, I believe, that GTK3 will benefit from the progressive move to Wayland in Raspian.

Installing the Ruby GTK3 Gem was simply a matter of a single command and a little patience. It took some time for all the native extensions to be built.

       gem install gtk3

Once the gem was installed, the Ruby Gnome 2 Hello World worked with the minor change of requiring gtk3 instead of gtk2.

If I have the time, I'm going to see if I can come up with a simple Domain Specific Language that would make it easier for children to write GUI programs in Ruby.

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