UPDATE: I had the chance to talk with Ivan about IronNails. Please read the interview over on InfoQ.
As we see IronRuby make progress within Microsoft, we are also seeing new projects pop-up as well. One such project I have noticed and wanted to share is IronNails, created and opensourced by Ivan Porto Carrero. IronNails brings IronRuby and Silverlight together implementing an MVC pattern, much like Ruby on Rails.
IronNails is a framework inspired by the Rails and rucola frameworks. It offers a rails-like way of developing
applications with IronRuby and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).
This framework uses the pattern Model – ViewModel – View – Controller (M-VM-V-C). It should be able to run on both WPF
The idea is that the views can be created using a design tool like Blend for example and just save that xaml as is. The
designer should not need to use anything else than drag and drop to create a GUI design. The behaviors are then added to
the view by using predefined behaviors in the framework or by defining your own behavior.
The framework then generates a proxy for the view which will be used to transparently wire up the commands in the
behaviors to controller actions.
IronNails is in its infancy and is showing some good promise. Follow the announcement on Ivan’s blog for more details and future updates.