Qt4-QtRuby installer for Microsoft Windows
This is an installer for installing Qt4-QtRuby (including Ruby user interface compiler and resource compiler) under Microsoft Windows. Qt4-QtRuby (https://rubyforge.org/projects/korundum/) (developed by Richard Dale and others) is a very useful extension allowing you to use Qt4 (https://trolltech.com/products/qt/) from within the Ruby (https://www.ruby-lang.org/) programming language (under GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and MacOS). Note that there is a Microsoft Windows32 Gem for installing Qt4-QtRuby on the Korundum (https://rubyforge.org/projects/korundum/) project page. You don't need this installer if the Gem works for you.
The new installer (as of January 28th 2009) now requires Qt-4.3.4 Open Source Edition (https://ftp.ntua.gr/pub/X11/Qt/qt/source/qt-win-opensource-4.3.4-mingw.exe) (mirror (https://vision.eng.shu.ac.uk/jan/hornetseye-system/qt-win-opensource-4.3.4-mingw.exe)) and Ruby 1.8.6-25 (https://rubyforge.org/frs/download.php/18566/ruby186-25.exe) (mirror (https://vision.eng.shu.ac.uk/jan/hornetseye-system/ruby186-25.exe)) for Microsoft Windows to be installed first. Make sure you are using exactly this versions of Ruby and Qt4, because otherwise the Qt4-QtRuby binaries will be incompatible.
The installer does not provide KDE4 (https://kde.org/) bindings (korundum4).
The source code of the installer is currently included in the HornetsEye (https://rubyforge.org/projects/hornetseye/) package (see Bazaar repository on Launchpad (https://bazaar.launchpad.net/~wedesoft/hornetseye/trunk/files/head:/nsis/)). The installer was developed using NSIS (https://nsis.sourceforge.net/). The main file is qtruby4.nsi.
Please contact me if you encounter problems using the installer.
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You can download the Qt4-QtRuby installer for Microsoft Windows here: qtruby4installer.exe (https://vision.eng.shu.ac.uk/jan/hornetseye-system/qtruby4installer.exe)
Launch irb (interactive ruby bash) on the command line and type in the following commands (no need to type in the lines preceeded with #). By the time you have entered app.exec you should see a small window with a button opening. Clicking the button should close the window.
require 'Qt4' # true app = Qt::Application.new ARGV # #<Qt::Application:0xb7ad3394 objectName="irb"> button = Qt::PushButton.new '&Close Me' # #<Qt::PushButton:0xb7acf668 objectName="", x=0, y=0, width=640, height=480> Qt::Object.connect button, SIGNAL('clicked()'), button, SLOT('close()') # true button.show # nil app.exec # true quit
The installer also installs rbuic4 (Ruby user interface compiler) and rbrcc (Ruby resource compiler). These two tools are the Ruby equivalents of uic4 and rcc. I.e. rbuic4 and rbrcc are used to generate Ruby code from *.ui files (user interface files) created with Qt-designer (https://doc.trolltech.com/4.3/designer-manual.html). Note that you need to recompile all your user-interface- and resource-files whenever you upgrade to a new version of Qt.
Newer Versions of Qt4-QtRuby
I am aware of the fact that Qt-4.3 is not the most recent version of Qt4 any more. I also know that the most recent version of Ruby is 1.9. Unfortunately I currently don't have time to build an up-to-date installer.
- Qt4-QtRuby and Korundum (https://rubyforge.org/projects/korundum/)
- Thread about installer for Qt-4.3.0 at Rubyforge forum (https://rubyforge.org/forum/forum.php?thread_id=16885&forum_id=723)
- Thread about installer for Qt-4.3.4 at Rubyforge forum (https://rubyforge.org/forum/forum.php?thread_id=31155&forum_id=723)
- Qt4 tutorial for Ruby (https://www.darshancomputing.com/qt4-qtruby-tutorial/)
- Ruby (https://www.ruby-lang.org/)
- Qt4 (https://trolltech.com/products/qt/)
- Qt 4.3 reference (https://doc.trolltech.com/4.3/)
- Blog post: Getting Qt and Ruby(=QtRuby) running on Windows XP (https://tom.paschenda.org/blog/?p=38)
- Blog post: Cross-platform UI with Qt4 and Ruby - Mac/Linux HOWTO (https://blog.paulbetts.org/index.php/2007/07/22/cross-platform-ui-with-qt4-and-ruby-maclinux-howto/)