Thursday May 03, 2012

RubyMotion - Finally a *native* Ruby for iOS

Biting my tongue on this has been hard. I’ve been beta testing RubyMotion since earlier this year. It’s pretty slick. This Ars Technica article by Ryan Paul is a stellar description of it’s history, how it works, and the caveats.

Yes, this isn’t an official Apple product. Laurent created the open source MacRuby while at Apple, but struck out on his own to try and actually make a business around this tool. That’s why you have to purchase a license to use it. I consider this a feature, not a bug. Laurent and his company, HipByte, are committing to keep this tool up to date in the face of the rapidly changing iOS ecosystem. That’s worth paying for.

FYI, I already bought a license. ;-)