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Closed source software hurts GUI development

May 06, 2010, 19:37 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lawrence Latif)

"Two bright young men from the University of Washington recently presented Prefab, a technology which they say will facilitate the implementation of "advanced behaviours in graphical interfaces". That in itself isn't particularly new but the route Prefab takes to implement well documented graphical user interface (GUI) techniques are a clear example of the lengths engineers have to go to circumnavigate the limitations posed by closed source software.

"Given that Prefab, the system coined by Morgan Dixon and James Fogarty, has no access to the pre-compiled source code, the system effectively reverse engineers the GUI. That reverse engineering is merely the first of a three step process, allowing the system to overlay enhancements irrespective of the program or operating system and relay inputs back to the original 'source' GUI."

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