GUI toolkit

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rickyviking 101 Jan 17, 2005 at 13:37

Hello,
I need to choose a GUI toolkit which will be used to develop an application involving 3D exploration of terrain and some other features.
I don’t know which free UI to choose between
- fox toolkit
- wxWidgets
- any others??

I’d like to know if anybody has experience with any, or is able to make a short comparison in terms of performance/ ease of programming and mantainance.
thanks a lot
Ricky

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Mihail121 102 Jan 17, 2005 at 16:16

If you’re on Linux: GDK+, wxWindows
If you’re on Windows: wxWindows

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baldurk 101 Jan 17, 2005 at 16:22

@Mihail121

If you’re on Linux: GDK+, wxWindows
If you’re on Windows: wxWindows [snapback]15199[/snapback]

They’re called GTK, and wxWidgets (name change because of a trademark clash with microsoft).

Also to note is that GTK has a windows port, however I used GTK myself for a while and I found the windows port awful.

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anubis 101 Jan 17, 2005 at 17:56

I used GTK myself for a while and I found the windows port awful.

which is in fact the understatement of the year :)

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baldurk 101 Jan 18, 2005 at 16:02

@anubis

I used GTK myself for a while and I found the windows port awful.

which is in fact the understatement of the year :)

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I try my best.

Mind you, that’s not to say that wxWidgets is good. It works, and it’s easy, but I wouldn’t use it if I had a choice.

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axon 101 Jan 20, 2005 at 03:44

You do have a choice. MFC and ATL are other options? (the obvious ones I would’ve thought)… under Windows only.

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anubis 101 Jan 20, 2005 at 12:03

he asked for a free gui toolkit

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davepermen 101 Jan 20, 2005 at 14:25

WTL is free (but of course, windows only).

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axon 101 Jan 20, 2005 at 21:22

MFC and ATL are free

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anubis 101 Jan 21, 2005 at 00:52

MFC is microsoft’s property…

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Mihail121 102 Jan 21, 2005 at 05:58

MFC is somewhat good (although as anubis pointed NOT free) but ATL is a junk…. I never really heard of anyone using it?

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Revolver 101 Jan 21, 2005 at 10:57

MFC is free. If not, how much does it cost? :-)

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anubis 101 Jan 21, 2005 at 12:31

the windows API is also free then.
just because i don’t have to pay to develop software using the windows api doesn’t mean that i can change it or have a say in it’s design, because it is owned by microsoft. so when people talk about “free software” they usually don’t mean free as in free beer but free as in free speach (citing richard stallman).

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ravuya 101 Jan 21, 2005 at 16:52

FLTK is free as in freedom, and according to what I’ve heard works pretty well. I haven’t used it yet, so maybe wxWindows (or whatever it’s called now) would work better.