RubyMotion: Ruby for iOS

Interesting new commercial Ruby-based development toolchain for iOS. Based on MacRuby, it produces native iOS apps, but they’re written in Ruby instead of Objective-C, and skip Xcode altogether:

While you can certainly configure an Xcode workspace to program in RubyMotion, we do not provide any support for Xcode out-of-the-box. We do not believe that Xcode makes a good environment for Ruby development (or development in general).

$199, currently on sale for $149.

See also: Ryan Paul’s piece on RubyMotion at ArsTechnica, from which I learned that RubyMotion is in fact by Laurent Sansonetti, the creator of MacRuby. Color me even more intrigued.

Thursday, 3 May 2012