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European Unix Platform (EUP): Book Review: Beginning GTK+/GNOME Programming

Nov 18, 2000, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Armijn Hemel)

"I always check books on all sides before I read them. You can sure call this book heavy, since it is about 600 pages thick, but hey, GNOME itself isn't small either. The text is easily readable, source code can be distinguished from normal text immediately and it contains screenshots (so a good first score)."

"There are a few errors in the book (I saw two) and the chapter about 'Advanced Widgets' gave me the impression that writing it was done in a rush (I miss example sourcecode for a widget) the GTK+ part is an effective way to learn how to program with GTK+. The code walkthroughs are extensive. Reading this part of the book made me respect the people behind the GTK+ and GNOME program deeply. I cannot believe that people can do OO programming this way in C. Awesome (the achievement) and horrible (the code) at the same time."

"With this book you can develop a stable basis for the 'real work'. Hopefully there will be an 'Advanced GTK+/GNOME Programming' book (but mostly GNOME). It would be nice if the CORBA (and of course Gnorba and ORBit) aspects of GNOME would be examined more thoroughly. I also wouldn't mind a clearer explaining of the source tree. When I have to do GTK+ or GNOME programming I will definitely grab this book. I must say that the most pleasant (and effective) way to use this book is to progam whilst reading and to play around with the examples. Recommended for GTK+/GNOME programmers."

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