Live is a gem for RubyMotion that aims to implement some of the ideas presented in Bret Victor’s Inventing on Principle keynote. It interfaces with the REPL and allows to control it from the comfort of your preferred text editor. The resulting code can then be copied to the source files with minimal adjustments required.
$ [sudo] gem install motion-live
Add the following line near the top of your
$ rake live
At this point you can just edit
hit save, and see the changes being propagated to the application.
By the default only the lines that weren’t present in the previous
scratchpad are sent to the REPL.
This behaviour is more efficient and well suited for
changing the state of the application.
However, it is less convenient for redefining logic.
In this case is possible to include the
comment, which forces to send the whole file.
$ git clone https://github.com/HipByte/RubyMotionSamples.git $ cd RubyMotionSamples/Timer $ vim Rakefile # Add `require 'motion-live'` $ vim LiveScratchpad.rb $ rake live
The timer is a beautiful sample but it is lacking an essential feature: the label does not change color! Lets turbo-charge it.
Add the following code to the scratchpad and save. The method is taken from app/timer_controller.rb.
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Now, run and stop the timer (without restarting the simulator) and be prepared to blow away your retina.
- The code is interacting with REPL through a leaky abstraction. For example, using the nodiff mode in the demo shown in the video would result in new views being created every time the file is saved.
- Methods and classes which are not actually used by the compiled code might be striped and thus will not be available at runtime.
- Long declarations might choke the REPL and crash the simulator.
- This is a 0.1 release.
The project is available at GitHub on the irrationalfab/motion-live repo.
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