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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • All I know is that Cocoa [apple.com] is the only thing that hasn't made me barf just reading the docs / sample code. Interface Builder [apple.com] is superb.

    QT [trolltech.com] looked interesting, but C++? You've got to be kidding.

    Many years ago, I confess to purchasing a Motif [opengroup.org] programming manual. I started reading and never wrote a single line of code such was my revulsion.

    Plus, what Aristotle said about Tk.

    On the whole though, writing GUI programs makes me realise why I like the command line so much…

    • FWIW, I really don’t hate Gtk2 [cpan.org]. The docs can be a bit sparse at times, mind, but I haven’t found much to complain about in the framework as such, and the quality of the bindings is superb. They have had serious effort (both conceptual and labour-wise) put into them by a large group of people over a long time and the spit and polish really shows.

      I have to say that wiring up event handlers and juggling widgets in a language that has closures and automatic memory management is so much nicer than doing GUIs in any ALGOL descendant.

      As for Qt, well the toolkit itself is written in C++, but that doesn’t necessarily count for much; there are Perl bindings. And conceptually, I hear it’s pretty well thought-out. I don’t know if the bindings are any good though.

      • I played with the Perl GTK bindings briefly circa early 2002. I recall that I really liked them, but at the time I think I was a Gnome fanboy. I had a graduate-level machine learning class in which we were using matlab as our standing programming and GUI tool, and I was actually planning on using Perl, PDL, and GTK instead for a while.

        But I remember zilch, and I realize I have very little basis for comparison amongst other GUI toolkits. My opinion that GTK was great, or that I really like Swing (I'm st

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        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
        • Note that I’m talking about Gtk2, the bindings for gtk+ 2.0, not Gtk-Perl, the bindings for gtk+ 1.2. The latter were far more rudimentary and have long since been abandoned, as has the underlying toolkit.