Synopses & Reviews
MacRuby in Action is a tutorial for Ruby developers who want to code for Mac OS X without learning Objective-C. You'll learn the ins and outs of the MacRuby language, including straightforward examples of creating OS X applications using Cocoa components. About the Technology
For Rubyists, it's a real drag switching to a static language like Objective-C for Mac development. Fortunately, you don't have to. MacRuby is a Ruby 1.9 implementation that sits right on the Mac OS X core. It gives you access to the Cocoa framework and easy interoperability with the Mac platform. About the Book
MacRuby in Action teaches Ruby developers how to code OS X applications in Ruby. You'll explore key Cocoa design patterns, along with a few twists that MacRuby makes possible. You'll also pick up high-value techniques including system scripting, automated testing practices, and getting your apps ready for the Mac App Store.
Written for Rubyists. No experience with Cocoa, Objective-C, or Mac OS X required.
Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book. What's Inside
- Intro to Mac OS X development
- Full coverage of the Cocoa framework
- MacRuby for iOS
Table of Contents
PART 1 STARTING WITH MACRUBY
- Introducing MacRuby
- Using Macirb and the Apple development tools
- Going beyond the basics with Xcode Interface Builder
PART 2 TAKE IT FOR A SPIN
- Using the delegate pattern
- Notifications and implementing the observer pattern
- Using key-value coding and key-value observing
- Implementing persistence with Core Data
- Core Animation basics
PART 3 MACRUBY EXTRAS
- MacRuby testing
- MacRuby and the Mac App Store
For developers who have learned the elegant and highly productive Ruby language, it can be a real drag to switch back to a traditional static programming tool like Objective-C. MacRuby, a Ruby 1.9 implementation that sits directly on the Mac OS X core, gives Rubyists the potential to code Cocoa apps without sacrificing the language features they've come to depend on.
MacRuby In Action is a tutorial for Ruby developers who want to code for OS X without learning Objective-C. Readers will learn the ins and outs of the MacRuby language, including straightforward examples of creating OS X applications using Cocoa components. The core of the book is an example-driven tour of the Cocoa framework from the Ruby perspective that focuses on getting things done.
About the Author
Brendan G. Lim is a professional web and mobile developer. He is a Y Combinator alum and is the co-founder of Kicksend, a mobile-focused startup that lets people send and print photo albums. Brendan is the author of MacRuby in Action.
Jerry Cheung loves creating software. He started experimenting with Ruby on Rails in 2007 and has been hooked on Ruby ever since. Upon graduating from Berkeley, he joined Coupa and later went on to start his own company Outspokes with several friends from Berkeley. He currently works as a Rails engineer at Intridea, and experiments with emerging technologies like Macruby, and Node.js.
Jeremy McAnally has been programming for about eight years and doing graphic design for four years. He is curerntly a freelance Ruby and Rails developer, consultant, and author. He has over three years' experience with Ruby and two years' with Rails; in that time has has developed a number of small, localized intranet systems and mediumt- large-scale systems in Ruby.