Whither DWT?

Ant duitoolkit at yahoo.ca
Fri Apr 14 13:09:26 PDT 2006

Dave wrote:
> clayasaurus wrote:
>> Kyle Furlong wrote:
>>> Shawn has not responded to inquiries on dsource for quite a while. He 
>>> is the sole developer for the "official" GUI toolkit for our beloved :D.
>>> This cannot continue. All I ask is that the official toolkit be in 
>>> active development, which leaves four options:
>>> 1. Renew Shawn's interest in DWT
>>> 2. Install a new lead for DWT or a branch of DWT
>>> 3. Choose another official toolkit
>>> 4. Develop a new official toolkit
>> If Shawn doesn't come back in a couple of months, I'd suggest option 
>> 3, namely, DUI http://www.dsource.org/projects/dui . My reasoning...
>> #1) Ant seems to stick around and is doing a superb job with it.
>> #2) DWT is Windows only and to make DWT cross platform means to 
>> essentially rewrite DWT for each platform you target, this is a 
>> development and maintenance nightmare. Meanwhile, DUI being based upon 
>> GTK means it either already works or is an easy port to all platforms 
>> GTK targets.
>> #3) Is there anyone else around here with enough experience to write 
>> DWT ports? How familiar are people with SWT in the first place? 
>> Correct me if wrong, but I get the feeling people are more familiar 
>> with GTK.
>> DWT _may_ be a better product, but DUI is more practical.
> Good points.
> Maybe I'm mistaken, but isn't there a number of (large) dependencies you 
> have to pre-install to use DUI on Windows. Like GTK + MinGW or CYGWIN 
> and such?
> To me, unless that is handled very nicely by an installer (which is also 
> easy to duplicate for end-user installation routines), that would be a 
> major strike against it being more practical.
> IMHO, the choice needs to be 'seamless' on Windows because that will be 
> the major platform for D in the foreseeable future.
> Thanks,
> - Dave

no just install Gtk+ from http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html
depending on your compilation procedures you don't even need a DUI lib, 
just the sources.


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