[Mono-list] Windows forms

Dan Diephouse diephouse@eastnode.com
Tue, 09 Jul 2002 16:45:55 -0400

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Jon Gilkison wrote:

>It makes the most sense to me, as a UI designer, to approach GUI based
>apps from the environment they're intended to run on.  I've done a
>couple of cross platform applications, and the end result - targetting
>maximum usability - is matching the interface to the ways users are used
>to accomplishing tasks in that particular environment.  Trying to
>achieve platform agnostic UI usually means cutting out functionality
>that might otherwise accelerate the user's learning curve and/or
>function of the application.
What about doing something like the eclipse project (www.eclipse.org)? 
They (IBM) didn't like swing so they created their own toolkit called 
SWT.  From what I understand, they create a native GUI kit on each 
platform with one API (Win32, unix - by gtk2 or motif, OS X, etc).  So 
the eclipse editor looks like Windows on Windows, like GTK on linux, etc 
- but its the same program on each platform - no binary modification.  
It looks good and it's fast.  Heck if Java was ported to the runtime, 
couldn't you just use the toolkit? :) .


Dan Diephouse


Dan Diephouse