[Ironruby-core] A tiny DSL to build Windows::Forms menus from IronRuby - review wanted

Jim Deville jdeville at microsoft.com
Thu Feb 26 18:32:55 EST 2009

I think it looks very nice. It's a shame that you have to resort to direct lambda's since you can't pass two lambda's in, but otherwise it's a nice visual representation of the menu, in code.


From: ironruby-core-bounces at rubyforge.org [mailto:ironruby-core-bounces at rubyforge.org] On Behalf Of Thibaut Barrère
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 2:26 PM
To: ironruby-core
Subject: [Ironruby-core] A tiny DSL to build Windows::Forms menus from IronRuby - review wanted


I started working on UI bits, both for Ivan book and because my customers are interested (and well - because it's fun, too!). First topic is how to build menus more easily (next one will be long running operations and how to sugar them).

I'd be interested to get your opinion on both the DSL syntax (below for quick read or here<http://github.com/thbar/ironruby-labs/blob/66b45fd6f13d2b3c8aa8021ee3f58303a9bb7eae/ui/003_dsl_menu.rb> on github) and the implementation<http://github.com/thbar/ironruby-labs/blob/66b45fd6f13d2b3c8aa8021ee3f58303a9bb7eae/ui/menu_builder.rb>.

form.menu = MainMenu.build do
  item("&File") {
    item("&New") {
    item "&Quit", lambda { Application.Exit }
  item("&Tools") {
    item "&PowerBlade", lambda { MessageBox.Show("Powerblades are amazing...") }
    item "&Scissors"

what do you think ?


Thibaut Barrère
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