[Ironruby-core] Trouble getting started - some basic questions

Kevin McCaughey lists at ruby-forum.com
Sun Apr 8 14:36:13 UTC 2012


I have read through a few pages of the list and read what I can on the
internet, but I am struggling to find answers to a couple of very basic
questions. I have just learned ruby using Notepad++ and the windows
package of Ruby 1.9.3. I used to be a systems programmer in assembly
language and C. I have a basic knowledge of .NET and a good knowledge of
Windows. I have IR 1.1 installed with VS 2010.

These questions are what I am confused about:

1. Can I write a Ruby application that uses .NET for system stuff
(Windows, forms, networking) and package that as an installation that
end users can install on their computer without going through the whole
(for users) Ruby installation rigmarole? i.e. Can I write a GUI
applications and distribute them with a few DLL's packaged and a
requirement for .NET 4?

2. Is the IR implementation any faster/slower than the standard?

3. Can Ironruby use JRuby as for the VM? Or maybe that is an irrelevant
question and I am misunderstanding how IronRuby works?

4. Is IR with Mono very bloated? I was going to use wxRuby, but it seems
dead and I am now thinking of working in IR instead.

Basically I am wanting to write simple GUI stuff in Ruby to help me
learn Ruby better and also learn a bit of .NET. I will be using Rails
for my main server app, but I am not moving on to that until I learn
Ruby much better. I have gotten fed up writing console apps and want a
simple way to get some GUI going.

Thanks very much for any help or advice you can give :)

Kevin McCaughey

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