Xfce language bindings
davidf at sjsoft.com
Fri Oct 8 17:56:12 CEST 2004
Benedikt Meurer wrote:
> David Fraser wrote:
>>> First off all, I've to say, that I've looked into GFC a few weeks
>>> ago in quite some detail, and discovered some parts where I'd prefer
>>> the Gtkmm way. These are mostly details, though. In general I think
>>> that GFC is a good attempt to wrap the Gtk+ API.
>>> I've been thinking of - and working on - language bindings for Xfce
>>> for over a year now. I have several initial attempts with C++ (using
>>> Gtkmm mostly), D, Scheme and Ruby bindings (and Olivier came up with
>>> the idea of Python bindings recently) hanging around on my
>>> harddisks. That said, none of these attempts satisfied my needs.
>>> What I'm looking for is a general "wrapper kit", that allows to
>>> easily integrate another language into Xfce w/o the need to maintain
>>> another language binding (as you might know, Xfce has only a few
>>> developers, and we can't maintain x language bindings like Gnome).
>> I'm relatively new here - just know that wxPython uses SWIG to
>> autogenerate most of the wrappers. That's for a fairly complex C++
>> toolkit but it works really well.
> I wasn't talking about wrapper generators, cause they tend to cause
> the maintance problems I described above. I was talking about a
> generic framework for language bindings, similar to what DotNET was
> originally invented for, but more generic maybe.
> But I agree with Brian here, this would be a lot of work, impossible
> for an open source project like Xfce to handle this in spare time.
> We'd probably need a team of 3-4 software developers working full-time
> on this for about a year, maybe two.
Have just started looking at pygtk, since I thought, since xfce is built
with gtk, and a binding already exists, it may be possible to use this
pygtk has a h2defs which can be used for extending pygtk (see
Has anyone looked at this route before?
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