Distributing Ring Applications
In this chapter we will learn about distributing Ring applications.
The next method is old and was used in Ring 1.5 and previous versions!
Starting from Ring 1.6 we have a nice tool called Ring2EXE
Using Ring2EXE we can distribute applications quickly for Windows, Linux and macOS
Check the Ring2EXE chapter for more information!
Distributing Applications for Microsoft Windows
Copy c:\ring\bin folder to be for example c:\myapp
Rename c:\myapp\ring.exe to c:\myapp\myapp.exe
Create a file c:\myapp\ring.ring
When you run myapp.exe the file ring.ring will be executed automatically
So your file myapp.ring will be called and executed
Or just rename myapp.ring to ring.ring
It’s a fast way to distribute applications.
Protecting the Source Code
Execute the next command
ring myapp.ring -go
This will generate one object file (myapp.ringo) from the project files (*.ring)
Rename myapp.ringo to ring.ringo
When you run the executable file (ring.exe) or (myapp.exe) the file ring.ringo will be executed.
Creating Windows Installer
There are many tools that you can use to distribute your application.
Check : nullsoft scriptable install system
Distributing Applications and Games for Mobile
Ring can be embedded in a Qt projects or LibSDL projects to build Mobile applications and Games.
You can build the Qt project or the LibSDL project and get the Android package directly (*.apk)
Check Ring distributions for Mobile development using Qt or LibSDL.