[fxruby-users] Moving On

dave L dglnz at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 4 22:47:25 EDT 2010

I came to fxruby via foxGUIb.

With the help and kindness of Henon I learnt how to use his GUI generator.

It may have been a bonus or a hinderance (depending on you're view point) but for me I got up and running very fast using it and appreciate his efforts and yours Lyle.

I know I'm not a programmer but more of a wannabe and reading my posts you'll know it.
I'm not delusional about my skills.

So to you and the other more abled programmers on this list and others within the ruby community at large thanks for you're time and efforts.

All best for the future.


--- On Thu, 5/8/10, Lyle Johnson <lyle at lylejohnson.name> wrote:

> From: Lyle Johnson <lyle at lylejohnson.name>
> Subject: [fxruby-users] Moving On
> To: fxruby-users at rubyforge.org, fxruby-announce at rubyforge.org
> Received: Thursday, 5 August, 2010, 2:20 AM
> Cross-posted to the blog (at
> http://lylejohnson.name/blog/2010/08/04/moving-on/):
> When Jamis Buck wrote last year about ceasing development
> on
> Capistrano, his post really struck a chord with me. If this
> post
> reminds you of that one, it's because I re-read it before
> sitting down
> to compose this one. It was the next best thing to having
> Jamis on
> hand to give me a pep talk before I had to stand up and say
> something
> that I've been putting off saying for too long. As a bonus,
> I could
> visualize him calmly and quietly making one of those neat
> little
> string figures while I tried decide exactly what it was I
> wanted to
> say.
> It is with mixed feelings that I announce that I'm stepping
> away from
> FXRuby development, effective immediately. I will no longer
> be
> accepting bug reports, support requests, feature requests,
> or general
> emails related to FXRuby. I will continue to follow the
> mailing list,
> but I am no longer the maintainer of this project.
> When I started developing FXRuby back in late 2000, it was
> a lot of
> fun for me. I was still new to Ruby (most of us were, back
> then) and
> Ruby was in need of a good GUI toolkit, so working on
> FXRuby provided
> me with not only a good way to learn the ins and outs of
> the language,
> but also to get really plugged into the community. In
> recent years,
> however, working on FXRuby has become a chore. I'm a decade
> older, at
> a different place in my life and career, and there are
> frankly just
> too many other things that I'd rather be working on at this
> point.
> These feelings are compounded by the fact that FOX
> development has, as
> best I can tell, stalled out, and without anything new to
> look forward
> to on the FOX front there's little motivation for me to
> continue
> working on FXRuby. So it's time to make a clean break and
> call it
> quits.
> I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who
> did
> participate in the FXRuby community over the years. Knowing
> that you
> found my work of some value means a lot to me, and I
> appreciate the
> encouragement that I received from you along the way. I was
> never
> successful at organizing a development team around FXRuby,
> something
> which I regret, but a number of people contributed patches
> or
> third-party tools and extensions to FXRuby. If I tried to
> name all of
> those contributors, I would invariably leave someone off
> the list by
> accident, so let me just say: Thanks, you guys; you know
> who you are.
> A special thanks as well to those of you who bought the
> book. And of
> course, I owe an immense debt of gratitude to Jeroen van
> der Zijp,
> without whom there would be no FOX toolkit, and thus no
> FXRuby.
> Someone on the mailing list asked whether FOX and FXRuby
> are "pretty
> much dead." I can't speak for Jeroen or the FOX project. As
> for
> FXRuby, however, that's up to you. FXRuby is, and always
> has been, an
> open source project. If you are interested in hacking on
> FXRuby, or
> even taking over maintenance of the project, please feel
> free to fork
> the project on GitHub (http://github.com/lylejohnson/fxruby) and
> release updates as you see fit. The Wiki
> (http://wiki.github.com/lylejohnson/fxruby/) has a lot
> of information
> about setting up a development and build environment on
> Windows, Linux
> and Mac OS X, and if you have specific questions about the
> build chain
> I'll do my best to help you get set up.
> If no one steps forward to maintain FXRuby, that’s fine
> too. The code
> has been pretty stable, if not bug-free, for quite awhile
> now, and it
> may the case that the code's "done" anyways. If you feel
> that way and
> want to continue using FXRuby, it's not going anywhere. If
> on the
> other hand, you have some fresh new ideas about how to move
> ahead, go
> for it! I will be cheering you on from the sidelines.
> In closing, thanks again for all of your support over the
> last ten
> years. I'm certainly not done with Ruby, and I'm looking
> forward to
> exploring other ways in which I can participate in the Ruby
> community
> in the future.
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