FXRuby: Create Lean and Mean GUIs with Ruby

Author: Lyle Johnson
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2008
Pages: 228
ISBN: 978-1934356074
Aimed at: Ruby developers
Rating: 3.5
Pros: Only book on this topic
Cons: Lacks in-depth treatment
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

Ruby is the latest hot language but it’s still comparatively young and still lacks much of the infrastructure you might expect it to have – a GUI library for instance. FXRuby is a Ruby extension based on the FOX  C++ library. This maps application GUI objects to the native objects supported by a range of operating systems including Windows, Linux and Max OS. The attractions of FXRuby are its ease of use and cross platform development. Lyle Johnson, the author of this book, is lead FXRuby developer so he knows his stuff. The book starts with a description of how to install FXRuby and then goes on to a standard “Hello World” example. Then we are provided with a bigger example. Personally I would have preferred an explanation of how FXRuby is structured and a smaller example. After this we do move to a description of how the library works via an exploration of the facilities it provides mixed in with a little explanation of the underlying principles. The main problem with this book is that it doesn’t go very far and for all its gentle uncovering of principles it leaves you wanting more.

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Database Design for Mere Mortals

Author: Michael J Hernandez
Publisher: Addison-Wesley 2013
Pages: 672
ISBN: 978-0321884497
Aimed at: Non-database experts who need to design databases
Rating: 5
Reviewed by: Kay Ewbank

When a book on database design gets to a third edition, it's almost certainly got something good going for it, and this  [ ... ]



PayPal APIs

Author: Michael Balderas
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pages: 124
ISBN: 978-1449396121
Aimed at: Web developers
Rating: 2
Pros: Helpful diagrams
Cons: Long and repetitive listings, lack of explanation
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

Subtitled "Up and Running: A Developers Guide", this slim book promises to be on the mark.


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