In the landscape of software development, Isomorphic Crystal emerges as a groundbreaking library. Hosted on the
serge-hulne/isomorphic-crystal-examples GitHub repository, it showcases examples of using the Isomorphic Crystal library to construct user interfaces for desktop applications.
Isomorphic Crystal is a GUI library for Crystal-lang, designed to simplify the development of desktop apps. It boasts of being:
- Expressive: Adopting a JSX-like approach.
- Concise: Similar to writing HTML.
- Modular: Custom visual widgets can include other custom widgets.
- CSS-Stylable: Regular CSS is used for styling.
- Easy Layout Coding: Streamlining the layout creation process.
- Simplified State Management: Efficiently manage your app’s state.
- Ajax Support: Enhancing functionality with Ajax.
The library is constructed on several key technologies:
- Webview for Crystal
- Pico CSS
- Crystal (Crystal-lang)
These technologies combine to provide a robust and versatile platform for desktop app development.
The installation process is straightforward:
- Install the Isomorphic browser (once only).
- Clone the repository:
git clone https://github.com/serge-hulne/isomorphic-crystal-examples
- Navigate into the directory:
- Install shards:
- Run the example:
register.crto create your custom app.
The library’s dependencies vary based on the operating system:
- Linux (or MingW): Requires
- Mac: Simple installation with
brew install gtk+3.
Isomorphic Crystal aims to provide:
- Ease of Use: Comparable to Python’s Tkinter.
- Cross-Platform Portability: Functions across Linux, Mac, and Windows.
- Simplified Distribution: The only dependency is Webview for Crystal, resulting in a single binary executable file.
- Internal Complexity, External Simplicity: Utilizes Crystal, HTML, CSS, and Webmin internally, but requires only Crystal knowledge from the developer.
- Expanding Widget Library: Aiming to develop a comprehensive set of widgets to match common HTML tags.
Isomorphic Crystal represents an innovative approach to desktop app development, simplifying the process while offering powerful features. It’s a testament to the evolving world of software development, where simplicity and functionality can coexist harmoniously.