Glib 1.011, Gtk2 1.011, Gnome2::Canvas 0.34
- From: muppet <scott asofyet org>
- To: gtk-perl list <gtk-perl-list gnome org>
- Subject: Glib 1.011, Gtk2 1.011, Gnome2::Canvas 0.34
- Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 01:37:42 -0500
At long last, we're out of CVS, and back on the beta trail towards a
stable release. I wanted to have beta release version numbers like the
version objects that are coming in perl 5.10, but we'll just have to
wait. Glib in CVS was 1.01, this release is 1.011, next will be 1.012,
and the next stable version will be 1.02.
Source is available on the project page,
Please test these out and report any and all bugs as soon as you find
The change logs are rather interesting, especially if you haven't been
keeping up lately.
Most of the activity since 1.00 has involved new tools for automagical
generation of API reference pod from the xs source code.
Changes in Glib Since 1.00:
A few new modules have been introduced:
Glib::ParseXSDoc is a tool to parse xsub prototypes and pod
Glib::GenPod turns the output of Glib::ParseXSDoc into pod
Glib::MakeHelper helps automate a lot of boilerplate that goes
into the Makefile.PL for Glib-based extensions.
Much documentation has been added, mostly in the form of a new manpage
and pod file for each module in the source. Glib::index lists the
Glib::Type includes several introspection utilities, such as
list_values, list_signals, and list_ancestors.
GFlags types are now blessed as descendents of Glib::Flags, so that
several new overloaded operators may be used on them. This allows
bitfields to be used in much more natural ways, and more efficiently,
without breaking any existing code.
A new toy for your convenience, $glibobject->tie_properties ties a
Glib::Object's object properties to hash keys in the instance variable.
This is not turned on by default, since it may break existing code.
New type variant gchar_ornull (and typemap) removes the need to check
for undef specially on string returns and args.
New type and typemap, GPerlFilename, handles conversions between
GLib/Gtk+'s internal UTF-8 and the unicode/locale encoding used by perl
and the local filesystem.
New header, gperl_marshal.h, includes macros to make life easier for
binding developers who need to write custom signal marshallers.
Fixed a reference-counting bug in signal marshaling that caused complex
Perl-derived widgets not to destroy properly.
Changes in Gtk2 Since 1.00:
We require Glib >= 1.011 in order to get the API reference
documentation generation tools that are new in Glib. Gtk2 creates and
installs over 150 manpages detailing the call signatures and object
properties for the various widgets. You can now find out what methods
are available for a button and how to call them with commands like 'man
Gtk2::Button' or 'perldoc Gtk2::Button'.
It is now possible to create custom Gtk2::CellRenderers in Perl. See
the included examples for inspiration.
The class names for Gtk2::HScrollbar and Gtk2::VScrollbar were
misspelled in all previous releases, with capital 'B's. The old
spelling is still accepted for compatibility, but the correct spelling
Gtk2::Editable's insert-text signal is no longer broken.
Most functions dealing with filenames attempt to convert the encoding
by using the new GPerlFilename typemap in Glib. If there are any
problems with this, please report them ASAP to gtk-perl-list gnome org
Gtk2::Gdk::Rectangle's accessors are now mutators.
Added several missing methods and data types. Removed some pango
functions that are of no use to application developers.
Note: support for gtk+ 2.3.0 has been added to CVS, but is not included
in this release. Since 2.3.x is an unstable series, it is being
supported on a separate branch which will be merged when 2.4.0 is
released. To get to the code supporting 2.3.0, check out the branch
Changes in Gnome2::Canvas since 0.32:
Added API reference documentation generation, via Glib >= 1.01.
Added accessors for $canvas->pixels_per_unit.
Routed GnomeCanvas' log messages through Perl's warn(), so that
warnings and assertions will show the closest Perl line number.
muppet <scott at asofyet dot org>
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