Ruby GUI Survey Results: Shoes Is The Most Popular Ruby GUI Toolkit
In late 2008, 399 Ruby developers took part in the 2008 Ruby GUI Survey, conducted by Alex Fenton. The results are now available. There's a brief summary of the results, as well as an excellent 20 page report (!!) and a separate 16 page PDF giving the per-question totals.
Ruby's not well known for being used to develop regular desktop applications. Part of the reason has been, until recently, a lack of good GUI-related libraries. Tk, which is included with Ruby's standard library, can be used to develop desktop apps, but they're frightfully ugly and the API is from the stone age (it also received the lowest scores in the survey for how well it met users' requirements). Things are changing quickly though with developments including Shoes, wxRuby, FXRuby, and Monkeybars (for JRuby).
The key finding of the 2008 Ruby GUI Survey is that why the lucky stiff's Shoes is currently the most popular (amongst the respondents, in any case) Ruby GUI library, with Ruby-GNOME2 placing second, and wxRuby third - though they're all very close. Ruby-GNOME2 was, however, strongly preferred by the Japanese respondents.
For the full results and more insights, check out the results for yourself.