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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The Technical and Social History of Software Engineering

Author: Capers Jones
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Pages: 452
ISBN: 978-0321903426
Audience: Anyone with an interest in the history of computing and software
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Sue Gee

The title sounds a bit dry, but is this a good read?



Arduino Projects to Save the World

Author: Emery Premeaux & Brian Evans
Publisher: Apress
Pages: 238
ISBN: 978-1430236238
Aimed at: Hardware enthusiasts
Rating: 3
Pros: A great idea
Cons: Not enough projects
Reviewed by: Harry Fairhead

This book's message - all you have to do to save the world is create sensor packages that are cheap en [ ... ]


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