[Mono-list] Windows forms
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? :) .