[erlang-questions] wXWidgets

Fred Youhanaie <>
Fri Oct 28 14:30:16 CEST 2016


Joe,

If you enjoy the simplicity of Tcl/Tk, why not write the GUI part as a Tcl/Tk based erlang port?

e.g. https://github.com/fredyouhanaie/portcl

Cheers,
f.


On 28/10/16 12:53, Joe Armstrong wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Has anybody made a library of high level abstractions to be
> used on-top of wxWidgets?
>
> The wxWidget library is very low level - and many of the manual pages
> say "see external documentation" and just point into the C++ documentation.
>
> I took a quick peep at the canvas code in the demo/ex_canvas.erl
> module. Code like this is horrible and I can imagine it to be a
> rather straightford mapping of the equivalent code in C++.
>
> When programming Erlang what I absolutely don't want to do
> is "pretend I'm writing in C++" then painfully translate this into Erlang.
>
> What I'd really like is the simplicity of TCL/TK or processing
> for writing GUI software - or how about rebol?
>
> Ten minutes of playing with rebol (from www.rebol.com)
> was enough to convince me that the current way GUIs are
> built is a total mess.
>
> I get the impression that GUI programming is actually going
> backwards - in the 80's there were systems build on languages
> like TCL that did not need GByte downloads and complex IDEs.
>
> Nowadays  a Graphics Library can easily be a GByte of code -
> so what went wrong - in the 1980's and entire OS with graphics
> was a few tens of MBytes ....
>
> Cheers
>
> /Joe
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