How to get into xfce/gtk development?

Roland Pinto rolandjpinto at
Sat Jan 5 03:41:01 CET 2013

hmm I read somewhere that K&R was outdated so I didn't look into it. I
assume it  is a better book since it is written by the creators of the
language. Vala looks nice and yes I do know Java.

Good to know that there is a Canadian on this mailing list eh! :)

On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 1:54 AM, Matthew Brush <mbrush at> wrote:
> On 13-01-03 03:22 PM, Roland Pinto wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I just started learning C on my own (using a book called C
>> programming: A modern approach)and will be learning it at university
>> this semester. I want to get into gtk development. More specifically
>> help out with Xfce. I have to say it feels a little overwhelming to
>> get into all of that C code with all the glib,gobject,dbus,gtk stuff.
>> So, I would like  to know what would be best way learn all of this?
>> How did you guys pick this up? Any tips and things I should know
>> about?
> Get K&R[1] and read it a few times (it's short).
> If you already know another language like C# or Java, you might also want to
> write some code in Vala[2] and study the C output that the compiler
> generates. That'll give you some insight into how all the complicated
> GLib/GObject type/object system stuff in C maps to the real code you mean to
> write.
> Happy hacking,
> Matthew Brush
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