rbXPCOM ... no updates since 2001 ???

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by Jeff Wood, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. Jeff Wood

    Jeff Wood Guest

    Hey all,

    I've been searching around for ways to dig ruby into mozilla ( &| firefox )=
    Jeff Wood, Oct 15, 2005
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  2. On 10/15/05, Jeff Wood <> wrote:
    >
    > Does anybody have any ideas about this? I'd like to see Ruby injected
    > into more things like Mozilla/Firefox & OpenOffice.org
    >
    > Anyways, your feedback is appreciated. Thanks.


    I agree regarding Ruby and Mozilla/Firefox, and have had similar
    thoughts myself. I think you are on the right track here, as a nice
    Ruby XPCOM interface could give us the same features that Win32OLE
    gives us in IE (can anyone say a multi-platform Firefox-based version
    of Watir?) Plus general hackery and Firefox automation fun.

    I would suggest contacting the author of rbXPCOM and if you don't
    receive a response in a week, consider the project abandoned. In that
    case I suggest reviving the project and continuing where the original
    author left off. The license is a dual MPL/GPL, so this shouldn't be a
    problem. If the original author surfaces and wishes to continue
    development, we give control back. In the meantime the first priority
    should be getting the project working with the latest Ruby and Mozilla
    code, then the documentation should be worked on.

    I'd be willing to lend a hand, and considering how popular Watir is,
    others would probably join in too. I already have a very obvious (but
    of course clever) name for the Firefox version of Watir...take a wild
    guess!

    Ryan
    Ryan Leavengood, Oct 16, 2005
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  3. The world also needs a solid XulRunner <-> Ruby binding, an idea that
    centers around Nathaniel's talk at RubyConf today. I don't know
    anything about XR that I didn't learn here:
    http://wiki.mozilla.org/XUL:Xul_Runner
    ...but I'm interested in this. Has anyone attempted it? Is it a stupid ide=
    a?

    --Wilson.

    On 10/16/05, Ryan Leavengood <> wrote:
    > On 10/15/05, Jeff Wood <> wrote:
    > >
    > > Does anybody have any ideas about this? I'd like to see Ruby injected
    > > into more things like Mozilla/Firefox & OpenOffice.org
    > >
    > > Anyways, your feedback is appreciated. Thanks.

    >
    > I agree regarding Ruby and Mozilla/Firefox, and have had similar
    > thoughts myself. I think you are on the right track here, as a nice
    > Ruby XPCOM interface could give us the same features that Win32OLE
    > gives us in IE (can anyone say a multi-platform Firefox-based version
    > of Watir?) Plus general hackery and Firefox automation fun.
    >
    > I would suggest contacting the author of rbXPCOM and if you don't
    > receive a response in a week, consider the project abandoned. In that
    > case I suggest reviving the project and continuing where the original
    > author left off. The license is a dual MPL/GPL, so this shouldn't be a
    > problem. If the original author surfaces and wishes to continue
    > development, we give control back. In the meantime the first priority
    > should be getting the project working with the latest Ruby and Mozilla
    > code, then the documentation should be worked on.
    >
    > I'd be willing to lend a hand, and considering how popular Watir is,
    > others would probably join in too. I already have a very obvious (but
    > of course clever) name for the Firefox version of Watir...take a wild
    > guess!
    >
    > Ryan
    >
    >
    Wilson Bilkovich, Oct 17, 2005
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  4. Jeff Wood

    Curt Hibbs Guest

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    No one has yet attempted it. Although, everytime the subject of mozilla and
    XPCOM come up on ruby-talk I usually hype the idea in hopes that someone
    will get excited enough to take it on.

    I also used to offer guidance around the Mozilla codebase since I was once
    involved in a massive Mozilla-based project. But, I fear it has now been to=
    o
    long and I'm sure I don't remember enough to be of any use.

    I'd still like to see someone take this on. Having full Ruby support in
    Mozilla would make for a killer cross-platform, internet-enabled, rich-GUI
    development platform (what a mouthful)!

    Curt

    On 10/16/05, Wilson Bilkovich <> wrote:
    >
    > The world also needs a solid XulRunner <-> Ruby binding, an idea that
    > centers around Nathaniel's talk at RubyConf today. I don't know
    > anything about XR that I didn't learn here:
    > http://wiki.mozilla.org/XUL:Xul_Runner
    > ...but I'm interested in this. Has anyone attempted it? Is it a stupid
    > idea?
    >
    > --Wilson.
    >
    > On 10/16/05, Ryan Leavengood <> wrote:
    > > On 10/15/05, Jeff Wood <> wrote:
    > > >
    > > > Does anybody have any ideas about this? I'd like to see Ruby injected
    > > > into more things like Mozilla/Firefox & OpenOffice.org
    > > >
    > > > Anyways, your feedback is appreciated. Thanks.

    > >
    > > I agree regarding Ruby and Mozilla/Firefox, and have had similar
    > > thoughts myself. I think you are on the right track here, as a nice
    > > Ruby XPCOM interface could give us the same features that Win32OLE
    > > gives us in IE (can anyone say a multi-platform Firefox-based version
    > > of Watir?) Plus general hackery and Firefox automation fun.
    > >
    > > I would suggest contacting the author of rbXPCOM and if you don't
    > > receive a response in a week, consider the project abandoned. In that
    > > case I suggest reviving the project and continuing where the original
    > > author left off. The license is a dual MPL/GPL, so this shouldn't be a
    > > problem. If the original author surfaces and wishes to continue
    > > development, we give control back. In the meantime the first priority
    > > should be getting the project working with the latest Ruby and Mozilla
    > > code, then the documentation should be worked on.
    > >
    > > I'd be willing to lend a hand, and considering how popular Watir is,
    > > others would probably join in too. I already have a very obvious (but
    > > of course clever) name for the Firefox version of Watir...take a wild
    > > guess!
    > >
    > > Ryan
    > >
    > >

    >
    >


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    Curt Hibbs, Oct 17, 2005
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  5. Ryan Leavengood <> wrote:
    >
    > I'd be willing to lend a hand, and considering how popular Watir is,
    > others would probably join in too. I already have a very obvious (but
    > of course clever) name for the Firefox version of Watir...take a wild
    > guess!


    Whiskey? :)

    martin
    Martin DeMello, Oct 17, 2005
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  6. Jeff Wood

    Jeff Wood Guest

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    yep, that sounds about right ... firewatir =3D=3D whiskey! ;)
    ... but, joking aside I do think it would be a good project ... (
    especially if we can get the world to give up on javascript ... using ruby
    in the browser instead ... that would nice ... not probable, but nice ).
    And, as I stated in my first message, we need support for Ruby scripting i=
    n
    OpenOffice.org as well.
    I'll have to dig in more deeply before I can state ANYTHING with certainty
    as to my ability vs this situation.
    But, at least it's back on ruby-talk again.
    j.
    On 10/17/05, Martin DeMello <> wrote:
    >
    > Ryan Leavengood <> wrote:
    > >
    > > I'd be willing to lend a hand, and considering how popular Watir is,
    > > others would probably join in too. I already have a very obvious (but
    > > of course clever) name for the Firefox version of Watir...take a wild
    > > guess!

    >
    > Whiskey? :)
    >
    > martin
    >
    >



    --
    "http://ruby-lang.org -- do you ruby?"

    Jeff Wood

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    Jeff Wood, Oct 17, 2005
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    On 10/17/05, Martin DeMello <> wrote:
    >
    > Ryan Leavengood <> wrote:
    > >
    > > I'd be willing to lend a hand, and considering how popular Watir is,
    > > others would probably join in too. I already have a very obvious (but
    > > of course clever) name for the Firefox version of Watir...take a wild
    > > guess!

    >
    > Whiskey? :)



    how about watirfox, what-a-fox...



    martin
    >
    >
    >



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    Lyndon Samson, Oct 17, 2005
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  8. On 10/17/05, Martin DeMello <> wrote:
    > Ryan Leavengood <> wrote:
    > >
    > > I'd be willing to lend a hand, and considering how popular Watir is,
    > > others would probably join in too. I already have a very obvious (but
    > > of course clever) name for the Firefox version of Watir...take a wild
    > > guess!

    >
    > Whiskey? :)


    Hehehe, that is quite good actually, but I was thinking something more
    simple-minded: Fire, or some alternate spelling like Fyre. Though
    Whiskey may even be better, hehe.

    XULRunner looks really cool. I'll have to do more research into it and
    how Ruby can tie into it.

    But before we get too side-tracked, it might be a good idea to figure
    out what is going on with rbXPCOM, as I said in my last email.

    Ryan
    Ryan Leavengood, Oct 17, 2005
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