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Linux Journal: Builder Xcessory

Jun 24, 2000, 13:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Hartley)

"Builder Xcessory (BX) is a mature, high-end, object-oriented-based UNIX GUI development tool for Motif and Java, released just over a year ago for use on Linux. Along with Code Fusion from Cygnus, BXPro won Linux Journal's ``Editors Choice'' Award for Best New Application: Software Development in 1999."

"In addition to highly intuitive widget layout, BX allows the developer to:

  • Build components by grouping widgets together and making them into primary classes, with their own methods and data interfaces, without the need to compile them into separate shared libraries for placement on the palette.
  • Implement well-organized ways to apply styles for a consistent look and feel. Many organizations such as government and military subcontractors have their own strict standards for how a GUI should look, declaring their own font, color and other conventions for particular systems.
  • Transparently keep code intact while the GUI is undergoing evolutionary changes. Callback code is not lost when changes to the GUI are made.
  • Invoke and use standard development tools, such as Code Fusion, Purify, CVS, SGI Developer Magic and others.
  • Add new components and widgets on the palette and use them ``live''.
  • Develop C, C++, ViewKit, UIL and Java applications, using industry-standard Motif and Lesstif. "

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