Ryan Melton announced on the kde-bindings mailing list that he had set up a project on github called 'qtbindings' with the aim of doing cross-platform gems for QtRuby. This is great news, and congratulations to Ryan for making it happen
"..I put together a new cross-platform gem for the Ruby bindings to Qt and put it out on rubygems.org as "qtbindings". This should make it a lot easier for people to install the ruby bindings on non-KDE systems. I've tested it out on Windows XP, Ubuntu Linux, and Mac OSX Snow Leopard so far and it seems to work great. It is mainly the code straight from KDE bindings, but it also includes the patches for building on Windows I submitted to this list back in February, the fix for ExtraSelection, and some new fixes I've put in for the HWND__* classes on Windows. I will be submitting the new patches back to this list soon. Some other changes include minor modifications to the CMakelists.txt files, and reorganizing the folders into a standard ruby gem structure that I doubt you would want to incorporate back into the kdebindings repository. Enjoy and I hope this increases the adoption of the great bindings you guys put together! :).."
So although it is a fork, it isn't a hostile fork and so I think the benefits of making QtRuby easy to install on Windows and Mac OS X outweigh the disadvantages.
Over on the RubyForge site there is a new version of QtRuby, qt4-qtruby-2.1.0, which I didn't produce either (Jan Pilz? not sure, need to find out), and that is great news too. A new release there was long overdue.
Meanwhile the Maemo/MeeGo widget testing guys are really keen to have a version of QtRuby that wrapped the MeeGo Touch (ie libdui) libs, and Qt Mobility. They use Gitorious and so a version of QtRuby that you could be with qmake instead of cmake would be really good, and ideally hosted on Gitorious so they would be able to make enhancements and fixes using their Gitorious accounts.
I worked on a major refactoring of QtRuby which is long overdue. But that work has stalled because I have been waiting for KDE to migrate to git. I was expecting it to have happened a month or two ago as we were negotiating with the Gitorious guys for a long time, and it seemed as though we were going to get the migration done about June 2010 time when I was thinking about it last Christmas. That wasn't to be as the Gitorious negotiations fell through, and instead on his recent blog Tom Albers reports that the schedule for git conversion won't start converting the main kde modules like kdebindings until November 17th:
November 17th: "..
As far as I know it will be possible to move to the KDE git repo in advance of sometime next year, otherwise that would be after the KDE 4.6 release, and I'm just not keen on waiting that long. If the move isn't a lot sooner than that, I feel I will just have to give up, and probably treat the 'qtbindings' github repo as the main center of development for QtRuby.
On an unrelated note my employer, Codethink, are looking to qt/qml guys, Alberto Ruiz sent me this:
Codethink Ltd. is looking at the possibility of hiring a
I can confirm that Codethink is an interesting place to work, and their tee-shirts aren't bad either. So get in contact if it appeals.