Get Your Shoes (Back) On!

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Proposal
Short Form
Beginner

Excerpt

Years ago the enigmatic Rubyist _why created Shoes, a tiny GUI toolkit for writing fun, simple applications in Ruby. Shoes served as the foundation for Hackety Hack, a programming environment specially designed to be accessible to kids.

Description

Years ago the enigmatic Rubyist _why created Shoes, a tiny GUI toolkit for writing fun, simple applications in Ruby. Shoes served as the foundation for Hackety Hack, a programming environment specially designed to be accessible to kids.

In the wake of _why’s departure, many people assumed Shoes was finished as well. Such is not the case!

Shoes has continued to evolve and grow, and the latest revision (Shoes4) builds off the cross-platform strengths of JRuby and SWT. If you’ve ever wanted to write a desktop app as easily as you write a web page, Shoes is for you. If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in a welcoming, accessible open source project, we’ll show you how to hack on Shoes.

Get your Shoes on, and let’s build something awesome!

Tags

Ruby, gui, kids

Speaking experience

I've spoken at a number of conferences over the past two years, many of which are online at http://www.confreaks.com/presenters/1621-jason-clark. I also spoke last year at OS Bridge and loved it!

Speaker