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Creating Open Source GUI Apps With C++ and GTKMM

Sep 30, 2010, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rex Djere)

[ Thanks to Rex Djere for this link. ]

"My interest in C++ as a programming language started out as a fascination with solving problems by writing programs designed to run from the command line. The natural progression from this interest led me to want to write GUI applications for GNU/Linux and Windows. However, I had no idea where to start. I knew that I wanted to write applications that were free software/open source, but I had no idea how to write GUI applications using C++. It turns out that to write GUI applications requires using graphics libraries. The two most popular ones in the FOSS community are GTK+ and QT. GTK+ prefers the C programming language, but GTKMM allows one to write GTK GUI applications using C++. C++ is a very powerful program language, with decades of development and support behind. It is and always will be my primary programming language, so I found GTKMM to be a perfect solution for me. Now that the first piece of the puzzle is in place, I can make progress towards my eventual goal of writing my first free software/open source application. One of the first challenges is deciding exactly what kind of software to write."

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