The Rails Drag and Drop Designer
I’ve just put online another short (5 minute) movie that shows a simple step-by-step example of how to design HTML pages for your Rails applications just by dragging and dropping controls from the Toolbox into a web page.
There are examples of two controls in this movie:
1) an image. I show how you can use a trick of the Visual Rails Workbench to ensure that your image paths are correct both at design-time and runtime.
2) a model-aware text field. I show how you can drag a control into a page and ‘wire it up’ to a field in the database table.
Is designer functionality available for Ruby GUI apps yet?
Currently we have:
The Visual Rails Workbench (drag+drop designer for Rails)
IronRuby IDE with Form Designer (alpha - supports the in-development release of MS IronRuby)
The Ruby Connector (supports .NET languages - including form design - running simultaneously with Ruby)
In terms of visual design support, these are all that we have thus far announced ;-)