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Linux.ie: Beginning GTK+/GNOME Programming [Book Review]

Jul 30, 2000, 14:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Looney)

[ Thanks to Ken Guest for this link. ]

"With this all in mind, the "Beginning GTK+/GNOME Programming", by Peter Wright, rates quite highly, on first impressions. It's not huge (though at 600 pages, considering it's a "beginners" book, it's getting there), and so you can read it on the bus, without feeling silly. The first touch I like is the "index" in the inside cover. It's a quick look at what you are in for, and by the page numbers, how much he's devoting to each section."

"The book starts with an "intro to GTK+/GNOME", which I liked. Peter writes with the confidence of a tour guide, taking you through the sights, explaining in an informal manner how to make up Makefiles that know where to get the various libraries, includes etc. that you will use in learning GTK+/GNOME. This is a big difference from Havoc Pennington's GTK+/GNOME book, which assumed that if you bought his book, you knew your way around Makefiles. I thought it was nice of Peter to ease people in like this - after all, a lot of people buying this book may be coming from a scripting or MS Windows programming background."

"There is a diagram on the back of the book, that suggests a "book path" of sorts. This book comes after "Beginning C", and then "Beginning Linux Programming". I think that those thinking "I'd like to get into GNOME programming" should start with one of those before moving onto this book, if they are new to programming in C on Unix."

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