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Ruby Programming
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Sample Application

Here's a slightly longer example, showing a genuine application---a ``pig Latin'' generator. Type in the phrase such as ``Ruby rules,'' and the ``Pig It'' button will instantly translate it into pig Latin.

require 'tk'

class PigBox   def pig(word)     leadingCap = word =~ /^A-Z/     word.downcase!     res = case word       when /^aeiouy/         word+"way"       when /^([^aeiouy]+)(.*)/         $2+$1+"ay"       else         word     end     leadingCap ? res.capitalize : res   end

  def showPig     @text.value = @text.value.split.collect{|w| pig(w)}.join(" ")   end

  def initialize     ph = { 'padx' => 10, 'pady' => 10 }     # common options     p = proc {showPig}

    @text =     root = { title "Pig" }     top = {text    'Enter Text:' ; pack(ph) }     @entry =, 'textvariable' => @text)     @entry.pack(ph) {text 'Pig It'; command p; pack ph} {text 'Exit'; command {proc exit}; pack ph}     top.pack('fill'=>'both', 'side' =>'top')   end end Tk.mainloop

Sidebar: Geometry Management

In the example code in this chapter, you'll see references to the widget method pack. That's a very important call, as it turns out---leave it off and you'll never see the widget. pack is a command that tells the geometry manager to place the widget according to constraints that we specify. Geometry managers recognize three commands:

Command Placement Specification
pack Flexible, constraint-based placement
place Absolute position
grid Tabular (row/column) position

As pack is the most commonly used command, we'll use it in our examples.

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