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#1 2022-05-07 23:23:33

KahlerHarry
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Toolchain, Tutorial and API for Absolute Beginners

Hi,

I know a little bit of C and want to write some linux desktop programs using xfce dialogs and controls.
I'm basically searching for something like the Petzold for xface4 plus GNU toolchain.

NB: I'm actually more fluent in ruby than C, but I see, that ruby bindings are still on the wish list. So no luck here I guess.

Any recommendations?

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#2 2022-05-15 18:55:50

Skaperen
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Re: Toolchain, Tutorial and API for Absolute Beginners

maybe you can develop the ruby bindings?

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#3 2022-05-15 19:25:27

KahlerHarry
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Re: Toolchain, Tutorial and API for Absolute Beginners

Skaperen wrote:

maybe you can develop the ruby bindings?

Not now and not for some time, I'm afraid.
There are ruby bindings for GTK3. Will it help, if I master them?

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#4 2022-05-17 19:00:27

ka_
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Registered: 2021-05-23
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Re: Toolchain, Tutorial and API for Absolute Beginners

KahlerHarry wrote:
Skaperen wrote:

maybe you can develop the ruby bindings?

Not now and not for some time, I'm afraid.
There are ruby bindings for GTK3. Will it help, if I master them?

I have think about it too, to build bindings for XFCE with Ruby, Rust or Crystal-Lang.
But yeah, to develop this stuff it would be more easy, if there is more documentation or a beginner friendly knowledege base.

To develop this bindings it will be easy to build a wrapper with Ruby-FFI but this are not realy bindings.
I think only to study the whole GTK-Ruby Gem API will not help to create a solid binding, but maybe there will be a way to use of the GTK Gem. (keywords: Gobject-Introspection....)

The Problem for me is that I haven't got much knowledge about the whole XFCE-API and Tools or the GTK-Tools like Gobject-Introspection.

For Rust I have found a interesting project at github that could be helpful for Rust or Crystal-lang to create bindings for the XFCE-Panel-Plugin System ( or Utils, Dialog....)

For a start I would be fine/help with a FFI Ruby or Python binding to create little Applications with XFCE4-Utils or XFCE4-Dialogs.

Links for some information that i think are useful to create a binding or are helpful:
Ruby-FFI : https://github.com/ffi/ffi
Ruby-GTK: https://ruby-gnome.github.io/ruby-gnome/doc/dev/
Rust-Panel-Plugin: https://github.com/siverv/rss-plugin
Rust-GTK: https://gtk-rs.org/gtk4-rs/stable/latest/book/
Crystal-Lang C-API: https://crystal-lang.org/reference/1.4/ … index.html
Crystal-Gobject: https://github.com/jhass/crystal-gobject
Panel-Plugin-Python: https://freshlybuilt.com/xfce-panel-plu … pt-part-1/

XFCE-Docs : https://wiki.xfce.org/api_documentation
GTK-Docs : https://www.gtk.org/docs/
GObject-Introspection : https://gi.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

Maybe someone did know more and can use help with a beginning to research or build or can tell me that the Gobject-Introspection is a way for bindings(did the XFCE libs provide this?)

greetings ka_


OS: Tumbleweed - Desktop : XFCE - PC: Lenovo e14 - AMD-Ryzen 5500U - Vega7 - 16GB Ram

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#5 2022-05-20 15:53:48

KahlerHarry
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Re: Toolchain, Tutorial and API for Absolute Beginners

ka_ wrote:

For Rust I have found a interesting project at github that could be helpful for Rust or Crystal-lang to create bindings for the XFCE-Panel-Plugin System ( or Utils, Dialog....)

Thanks a bundle. These links look very interesting. I thought about switching from C to Rust. Seeks that there is a lot of learning before me, before I can hope to contribute in any way.

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