[erlang-questions] GUI development with Erlang

Alan Gingras alangingras@REDACTED
Sat Dec 9 13:39:48 CET 2017


Perhaps my difficulty lies in the documentation for wxErlang and WxWidgets
combined with my experience with Windows.Forms, TCL/Tk and others.  I have
been able to find excellent documentation and examples easily for pretty
much everything I have wanted or needed to do.  Not diminishing WxWidgets,
but getting the layouts correct and working as desired has been faster and
easier for me in every other GUI package I've used.  The others (for the
most part) seemed more intuitive to me than the windows/panels etc. of
wxWidgets.  And I have worked through what little I can find on the
wxErlang, i.e. 

In the end, I think better documentation - not written for someone who
already knows how to use either WxWidgets or wxErlang - would be a key


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I have been using wxErlang on some projects and I don't find it too hard. I
make the GUI in separate processes and communicate with the application
using regular erlang message passing. 
Using the wx_object, it is practically a breeze. It is like programming a
gen_server. I even run the GUI processes supervised, to allow me to "let it
Also, you can use wxFormBuilder to do the layout and use the generated PHP
or LUA code to figure out what you need to do in wxErlang. I suppose you
could even write a parser to generate your erlang code from those.
So I am curious. What is that you find so hard about it? And what makes it
easier with C# or the like? 

Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2017 15:08:39 -0500
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Subject: Re: [erlang-questions] GUI development with Erlang
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Thanks Alex.  I had thought of that but was trying to make this a pure
Erlang application.  This is most likely the approach I will end up taking
unless I decide to pursue wxErlang, but that is probably a little unlikely.

From: Alex S. [mailto:alex0player@REDACTED]
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 03:08
To: Alan Gingras <alangingras@REDACTED>
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Subject: Re: [erlang-questions] GUI development with Erlang

For what it's worth, you can always implement your view and controller in
something like C#/F#, and your model in Erlang, and hook them up via TCP.
Alternatively, there was an Erlang-toF# compiler floating around I believe.

2017-12-03 22:43 GMT+03:00 Alan Gingras <alangingras@REDACTED
<mailto:alangingras@REDACTED> >:

Has anyone tried using Windows Forms (.net) with Erlang?  This would be in a
similar fashion to way Python can use Windows Forms.  On Linux I believe
this would be Mono (http://www.mono-project.com/docs/gui/winforms/).
Basically I think I?m looking for something similar to Python?s ?import? and
C#?s ?using?
features.  If no one has anything, any hints on how a feature like this
might be implemented.

Basically, I have been working on implementing genetic programming in Erlang
and would like to provide a GUI front end.  The WxWidgets front end that
comes with Erlang is difficult at best.  I?ve used several different GUI
kits on *nix and Windows platforms but WxWidgets seems the most difficult
for me.  So I?m trying to see what else is available.  I followed Joe
Armstrong?s quest earlier this year and didn?t see where he came up with



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