[MacRuby-devel] Commercial ready?

Laurent Sansonetti lsansonetti at apple.com
Mon Nov 23 17:06:44 PST 2009

Hi Matthiew,

If you are considering using MacRuby to build a commercial Cocoa app,  
you should also consider the following limitations:

- Limited Ruby compatibility. Our compatibility is not bad but if you  
want to use 3rd party Ruby libraries or gems you may hit some bugs. We  
are actively fixing these bugs as they are reported, but you need to  
be willing to report them and be patient.
- No support for C extensions. If you want to use a native gem, it  
will not work.
- No debugger (in Xcode).
- No support to build an app that works on both Leopard and Snow  

We are working to address these limitations in the next (0.6) release.

On the other side, we have fairly stable Cocoa support. If you are  
using pure Cocoa APIs in your app, MacRuby should today be an  
excellent choice. t is also possible to pre-compile your application's  
source code to native code and embed MacRuby.


On Nov 23, 2009, at 1:27 PM, Matthew Winter wrote:

> Hi,
> I was wondering if anyone thinks or has plans to use MacRuby 0.5 for  
> a commercial application.
> My opinion is that with enough testing and waiting for the final 0.5  
> release that it would be good enough. Especially if the app can auto  
> update so newer releases of MacRuby could be embedded.
> What does the group think to this?
> Regards
> Matthew Winter
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