Yesterday (or rather, like 10 hours ago?) I posted about my quest for a specific language, and mentioned one of the candidates, called D which I had found appealing.
Well, because I am a quick coder (not good, but quick) I decided, after looking around for about 5 minutes, to take as my first project giving the D community a UI toolkit.
My first choice would have been Qt, of course, but D doesn't interface well (or at all) with C++, and I was not about to hack a QtC binding, because it would be unusable.
So, I looked around the web for a small multiplatform C toolkit, and I found there are very few of those left!
You have Gtk+ and ... well, almost nothing else! I found IUP though, and decided to bind it.
Now, how do you use it?
The binding modules themselves are in the binding folder, so you can compile examples like this:
[[email protected] iupbinding]$ cd examples/elem/iupbutton/ [[email protected] iupbutton]$ dmd -g -I../../../binding/ iupbutton.d -L-liup -L-liupcontrols -L-L/usr/lib/iup -L-lcdiup ; gcc iupbutton.o -o iupbutton -g -lphobos -lpthread -lm -Xlinker -liup -Xlinker -liupcontrols -Xlinker -L/usr/lib/iup -Xlinker -lcdiup [[email protected] iupbutton]$ ls -lh iupbutton -rwxrwxr-x 1 ralsina ralsina 217K Apr 18 02:30 iupbutton
You will probably be linking a few libs too many, but don't worry yet.
The good news:
- IUP works on windows and Unix.
- IUP is an order of magnitude smaller than WxWidgets.
- Most of it seems to be working.
The bad news:
- IUP looks ugly because it's motif on unix.
- IUP is pretty limited.
Someday, when I have a free afternoon, I could write a Qt backend for IUP and avoid the suckage plus porting it to OSX in the process, but...
- IUP is damn hard to build. Luckily they have binaries.
So, enjoy and comment!