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What is RIGS ? ============== RIGS stands for Ruby Interface for GNUstep. It is a package allowing integration between Ruby and Objective-C/GNUstep. The main purpose of RIGS is to allow the use the GNUstep development environment from Ruby. One of the most interesting feature of RIGS is that it is 100% dynamic. It means that RIGS maps Ruby object/methods to GNUstep and vice/versa entirely on the fly when running the Ruby script. As a consequence there is no need to generate any kind of wrapping code to use either existing GNUstep classes or even new ones that you have developped by yourself. Simply compile your new classes in a shared library and then do a simple: require('MyNewClass') # load your extra ObjC shared library Rigs.import("MyNewClass") # dynamically import the class in Ruby and you are in business! Cool, hey. RIGS allows you to write optimized classes and components in Objective-C, and make them available to Ruby developers. Ruby is a great OO programming language and it is real fun to write GNUstep applications directly from Ruby. By the way GNUstep users who don't known Ruby can learn more at http://www.ruby-lang.org. And Ruby users that don't know about GNUstep can go to http://www.gnustep.org. In both cases, it's definitely worth a visit. RIGS is free software and part of the GNU/GNUstep project, freely available from the Free Software Foundation under the GNU LGPL license. (Some sample Ruby scripts are under GPL) Disclaimer ========== CAUTION!! This is alpha software. It is still work in progress both because the project is just starting and because I'm new to GNUstep and I'm learning as I go. However you can already play with it, report problems and contribute new code. (See the Examples and Testing directories for code samples). For known limitations see the TODO file. RIGS is very similar in spirit to JIGS, the remarkable Java to GNUstep interface written by Nicola Pero. However, unlike JIGS, RIGS doesn't focus on accessing Ruby classes from Objective C. Authors ======= RIGS was brought to you by Laurent Julliard <email@example.com> and was built in my spare time when my 3 children are in bed :-)) Maintainers =========== Laurent Julliard <firstname.lastname@example.org> is on duty! Helpers welcome Software Needed to Use RIGS =========================== To use the RIGS, you need: * A version of the Objective-C runtime library compiled as a shared library (and working with GNUstep). Please refer to the INSTALL file for more information on how to compile and install it. * GNUstep make package and base library. * A properly installed ruby environment version 1.6.4 or later Special Thanks ============== To Avi Bryant (email@example.com> who wrote the very first version of this version. I took it as a game and then I got trapped! (Thanks Avi...) To Nicola Pero <firstname.lastname@example.org> for writing JIGS, the brilliant Java Interface to GNUstep. JIGS has been (and still is) a constant source of inspiration for RIGS. To Tom White <email@example.com> for testing RIGS on GNUstep for Windows and on MAC OS X. Obtaining RIGS ============== RIGS is available at ftp://ftp.gnustep.org/pub/gnustep/libs/ New releases are posted on the GNUstep mailing lists (see https://savannah.gnu.org/mail/?group_id=99) as well as ruby mailing lists. You may always get the latest version of RIGS from the GNUstep CVS - the module is called 'ruby'. Instructions to checkout a working copy are available at https://savannah.gnu.org/cvs/?group_id=99 Bug Reports =========== The best way to submit bug reports and fixes is to email them to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.