Re: GTK+ brochure for FOSDEM

On Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:07:56 -0500
Paul Davis <paul linuxaudiosystems com> wrote:
On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 9:40 AM, Sébastien Wilmet <swilmet gnome org>

To come back to GLib/GTK+, what would you explain about GTK+ that
is not explained in the brochure?  Maybe single-instance
applications, the recent OpenGL support, some of the important
widgets (but this latter thing, GNOME users already know what is
possible with GTK+ since they use daily GTK+ apps).

GTK3's CSS styling feature is a huge draw for many developers. Being
able to take an understanding of themeing based on web development
and apply it to native applications is really a very very nice
feature. I would have talked at greater length about that rather than
GObject, since many developers using any language binding stand to
benefit from CSS themeing, versus the few who might one day use a
little bit of GObject.

I would cite some of the more unique widgets in GTK also, especially
the newer ones that might not be known by people familiar only with
GTK1 and GTK2.

This may not be relevant to the brochure, but in my view apart from
CSS styling the greatest selling point for the GTK+-3 library family (as
opposed to GTK+-3 itself) is introspection for bindings.  By providing a
gobject-introspection binding for a language, you open up most of the
gnome stack to that language.  Sadly, there remain a number of
languages which don't provide this binding and which still separately
wrap glib and GTK+-2 (and occasionally GTK+-3); but nonetheless there
are decent bindings for python, lua and javascript.


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