Cross-Platform GUI Programming with wxWidgets by Julian Smart

By Julian Smart

I used to be by no means capable of get DialogBlocks to construct the wx library. saved freezing midway via. finally I gave up and spent loads of time developing an Eclipse atmosphere. (This is on an previous Powerbook...) have not labored with wx in home windows or linux but, yet thus far i will be able to say that this booklet isn't really for the newbie. you will have a fine looking strong origin in windowed software layout, makefiles and the gcc linker.

This is not the book's fault, yet cross-platform GUI improvement remains to be rather advanced. wxWidgets is a handy gizmo that has relatively grown into adulthood, however it is definitely no longer panacea :) thankfully, there are a few very sufferer and skilled builders within the wx-user mailing checklist.

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Qxd 6/10/05 11:14 AM Page 16 16 Getting Started Chapter 2 THE APPLICATION CLASS Every wxWidgets application defines an application class deriving from wxApp. There is only one instance of it, and this instance represents the running application. At the very least, your class should define an OnInit function that will be called when wxWidgets is ready to start running your code (equivalent to main or WinMain when writing a C or Win32 application). Here is the smallest application class declaration you can sensibly write: // Declare the application class class MyApp : public wxApp { public: // Called on application startup virtual bool OnInit(); }; The implementation of OnInit usually creates at least one window, interprets any command-line arguments, sets up data for the application, and performs any other initialization tasks required for the application.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF WXWIDGETS The wxWidgets project started life in 1992 when Julian Smart was working at the University of Edinburgh on a diagramming tool called Hardy. He didn’t want to choose between deploying it either on Sun workstations or PCs, so he decided to use a cross-platform framework. Because the range of existing cross-platform frameworks was limited, and the department didn’t have a budget for it anyway, there was little choice but to write his own. 0 to the department’s FTP site in September 1992, and other developers began to use the code.

On Windows, you should install one or more of the compilers provided on the CD-ROM if you do not already own a suitable compiler. pjd. Select a suitable configuration for your compiler and platform such as MinGW Debug or VC++ Debug (Windows), GCC Debug GTK+ (Linux), or GCC Debug Mac (Mac OS X), and press the green Build and Run Project button. You may be prompted to build wxWidgets if you have not already built it for the selected configuration. You can also find a similar sample in samples/minimal in your wxWidgets distribution.

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