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Linux Gazette: GIMP-Perl: GIMP Scripting for the Rest of Us

Mar 04, 2000, 23:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wolfgang Mauerer)

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"GIMP... is... one of the most powerful graphic applications available. There's hardly any task that cannot be done with the aid of the GIMP. One of its main features is modularity: programmers can extend the program with C programs called ``plug-ins''. Just open your right-mouse-button popup-menu, point to ``Filters'' and its diverse submenus, and you'll see how important the plug-in feature is for GIMP: all Filters seen here are implemented via plug-ins.

"What about the next item in the popup menu, ``Script-Fu''? Tons of effects can be discovered here. The difference between Script-Fus and true filters is that Script-Fu-effects are generated by the aid of so called ``Scheme-Scripts'', small programs written in a strange-looking language called ``Scheme'', which is strongly connected with Lisp--some of you have certainly heard this name in connection with artificial-intelligence programs."

"Lisp and Scheme are powerful, flexible and elegant languages, but they are certainly not easy to learn..."

"To make writing scripts easier, Marc Lehmann set out... to make it possible to write GIMP scripts using... Perl... the language is much easier to learn than Script-Fu... Too, and this is the main advantage in my opinion, most cgi-scripts and web-based programs are written in Perl, so many people already know the language."

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