GUI Toolkits - Ultimate++

Sun 22 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth en en 

This is a fairly new toolkit on the scene, but that doesn't make it particularly lacking. I have been scouring the Internet for unbiased reviews of most toolkits before downloading them and it is seriously hard to find them.

Ultimate++ is more than just a GUI toolkit (in fact ...

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Hello to everyone reading

Sun 22 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

Hello!

If you are reading this and have any comments or suggestions, just post a comment - all you need is a Google account. The comments already posted have lead me down some paths I might not have thought about.

Thanks for reading,

Garry

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Updated Visual Studio 2005 Express and TortoiseSVN Integration

Sun 22 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

See the update here.

I've made an update to the TortoiseSVN integration for Visual Studio 2005. This is from a comment by Dean about adding a solution to the repository. This has been added to the menu, toolbar, and context menu for solutions.

Unfortunately this update has only been ...

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Digital Music - Songbird

Fri 20 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

Today I discovered a great little program called Songbird which is an open-source rival to iTunes. In some of my previous posts I've been going on about the web GUI, allowing the browser to be come the front end. Although this looks like a really good project it probably ...

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It has all gone a bit GUI

Thu 19 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

One of the holy grails in development is a universal GUI library, much like the quest for the one equation that explains life, the universe, and everything. Unfortunately as it currently stands such a library is further away than ever before.

A project that wanted to succeed is the BoostGUI ...

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GUI Toolkits - JUCE

Wed 18 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth en en 

On my trawl through GUI toolkits and my general web browsing I have encountered the name Juce from time to time. It's not just a GUI toolkit, it aims to be as comprehensive as possible.

What stopped me from taking a closer look in the past is that it ...

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GUI Toolkits - More than you can shake a stick at

Wed 18 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

It seems to me there are loads of GUI toolkits out there but virtually none reach maturity, unless pressed by a commercial interest/funding or somehow they manage to reach critical mass with respect to their community activity.

Successes certainly have been:

  • Qt - thanks mainly to being used by KDE ...

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More Vista - Desktop Window Manager

Sat 14 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

I must admit, although I am not very interested in running Microsoft Windows Vista as my own operating system at home, I am interested in understanding the UI technologies that are going to be available in it. It's certainly necessary to understand it for work.

A more interesting application ...

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Scripting Languages

Fri 13 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

At work I use a proprietary scripting language written using a version of Lex and Yacc (the neat Windows implementation from Bumblebee Software called Parser Generator 2). Unfortunately it is not as well documented as I would like (although it is in a much beter state with some recent work ...

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Windows Vista - Aero Basic UI Explanation

Fri 13 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

There is an interesting explanation as to why the Aero Basic Interface looks the way it does when compared to the Aero accelerated theme. You can read about it here.

It's quite an interesting little article since it shows Microsoft banging their heads up against the same limitations as ...

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GUI Toolkits - wxWidgets - new version released

Fri 13 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

A new development version of wxWidgets has been released. This is in a lead up to version 2.8, which will be the latest stable version.

The new version of wxPack has not been released yet, but the new version will probably be out soon and no doubt feature wxFormBuilder ...

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AJAX - The Hot New Thang

Thu 12 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

I can't be the only one. AJAX has taken off, so I took a closer look at it and realised I have essentially been doing AJAX for years. I referred to it as XML and Javascript to render a web page (not using XSLT).

Maybe I've completely missed ...

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GUI Toolkits - Visual Component Framework (VCF)

Thu 12 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

Out of all the GUI toolkits I have been looking at, the Visual Component Framework (VCF) has impressed me most. It was easy to compile in Visual C++ Express 2005, but most importantly the resizing is silky smooth (an odd thing to say is important, but it really impressed me ...

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A Great Collection Of Libraries

Wed 11 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

A while back I found a really great website for game development libraries. What I found was that these libraries are useful for development full-stop. So go check it out at the Free Game Development Libraries website.

If you are interested in programming you will find some libraries you knew ...

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Web Browsers Of The Future

Wed 11 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

I realised the other day how many Google products I was using...

  • Analytics
  • Blogger
  • Browser Sync
  • Calendar
  • Google
  • Mail
  • Notebook
  • Page Creator
  • Personalized Homepage
Also I use the search and now the code search.

And now I have just signed up for:

  • Spreadsheets
  • Writely
It's great all these things ...

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GUI Toolkits - wxWidgets

Tue 10 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

wxWidgets is the 800lb gorilla in the open source GUI toolkit arena. It goes well beyond being simply about the GUI and spreads into all areas of application development, from networking to database to threading to strings.

It isn't such a large leap from MFC to wxWidgets. They are ...

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GUI Toolkits - Win32GUI Generics

Mon 09 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

Win32GUI Generics Homepage

When I found this project I thought I had found the holy grail. An advanced use of C++ for user interface purposes. I looked past the screenshots on the website which seemed odd, but downloaded it anyway. The last release of the project and any active development ...

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GUI Toolkits Again - a bit of MFC

Mon 09 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

At work, I only use MFC and the antiquated design features in Visual Studio for working on resources. These interfaces still feel like they haven't moved on for a lifetime (and are in fact pretty much unchanged from Visual Studio 6.0).

The most annoying part about working with ...

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Open Source GUI toolkits

Sat 07 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

One of the things I really want to check out over the next few weeks are open-source GUI toolkits. There are quite a few to choose from and I tend to jump from camp-to-camp on a weekly basis as to which one I find the most interesting.

Since I am ...

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Core 2 Duo

Fri 06 October 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

In as long as I can remember I have not been impressed with the incremental steps in hardware. The last time I went "Ooooooh!" was when I bought a Voodoo card for 3D graphics (it wasn't even integrated into graphics cards at the time) for a Pention 200MMX. The ...

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