[Gtk-sharp-list] Documentation of Gtk# generated XML

Mike Kestner mkestner at novell.com
Fri Aug 11 09:51:26 EDT 2006

On Fri, 2006-08-11 at 15:36 +1000, Jonathan Morgan wrote:

> > object indicates a GObject subclass.  They can have fields, methods,
> > constructors, virtual_methods, properties, and signals.
> Not all objects seem to have parents (see, for example, GtkStock).

The C source parser is not 100% bug free.  ;-)

> > struct and boxed are non-GObject structs where boxed also has a GType.
> > They only have fields, methods, and ctors.
> Thanks for that - that's pretty well what I wanted to know.  The tags
> are generally pretty easy to guess what they mean, though not always
> all the fine details.
> Sorry about type - I really meant class.  How does class differ from object?

Class is basically an aggregator for instance-less methods.  When
generated, they produce classes with all static methods.  For example,
if there is a series of foo_bar_* functions in the parse, and they don't
have a FooBar* first parameter, they produce a class element to
aggregate the methods into a single type.

Since every method must be associated with a type, this aggregated
solution keeps us from having one monster class with every unclaimed
method in the library.

> I'm presuming that interface is something like an object without
> fields.  Is that correct?

Class should have only shared/static methods.

Now I'm really wondering what you are up to that you would be asking
these questions.  ;-)

Mike Kestner  <mkestner at novell.com>
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