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LinuxProgramming.com: Book Review: Teach Yourself GTK+ Programming in 21 Days

Feb 15, 2001, 15:12 (0 Talkback[s])
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The Bottom Line

A solid guide to GTK+ programming that should be read by just about anyone working with that toolkit.

The Review

Teach Yourself GTK+ Programming in 21 Days (hereafter TYGP) starts exactly where one would hope such a book would start, with the question, "What is GTK+?", and manages to keep it balance throughout approximately 850 pages of text (not counting the index).

As with all of the SAMS "21 days" books, TYGP is divided into 21 chapters, referred to as "days". In this case, the chapters cover an introduction to GTK+, an overview of GTK+ applications, basics of GTK+ programming, providing online help, menus and other widgets, graphics, fonts, GDK and GLib programming, many more widgets (lists, trees, buttons, containers, etc.), and everyone's favorite GUI programming topic, drag and drop. The book also includes six appendices, which provide the answers to the questions at the end of each chapter, a C programming review, an annotated, alphabetical listing of the GTK+ widgets, a listing of the relevant function prototypes, datatypes and structures for GDK, GLib, and GTK+, and some information on Xlib and Motif programming. The book provides a very well rounded treatment of GTK+ and (most) related topics.

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