[Mono-list] What is current status of GTK#

Alan alan.mcgovern at gmail.com
Tue May 7 18:18:55 UTC 2013


Just a few points...

Xwt is not a replacement for Gtk#. It is merely a wrapper around Gtk#. It
will never replace Gtk# as it is a lowest-common-denominator API which
covers Wpf, Gtk and MonoMac.

MonoDevelop is still based purely on Gtk# 2.x and Gtk+ 2.x.

Generating bindings for Gtk# 3 is an opensource effort and most of the work
has been done. There are a few summer of code proposals to work on it, so
if one of them is accepted it's possible it'll be finished in the next few
months. However anyone is free to contribute too!


On 7 May 2013 13:36, Petr Bena <benapetr at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> What does it mean? Is GTK# going to be supported in future? I am
> afraid it will die and get replaced by xwt or something like that :(
> (if that is a case, I hope that mono developers make it really easy to
> convert existing gtk# application to xwt, by calling the controls same
> and properties as well, as rewriting the whole GUI of huge app is a
> lot of pointless work)
> Also, you mentioned that monodevelop is using gtk#3 is there any guide
> how to install and use it? I suppose that only way is to download the
> sources and build it myself, which may not work in windows as it would
> require the gtk3 libraries as well.
> Thank you
> On Tue, May 7, 2013 at 4:36 PM, Ian Norton
> <ian.norton-badrul at thales-esecurity.com> wrote:
> > On Tue, May 07, 2013 at 03:28:30PM +0100, Petr Bena wrote:
> >> Hey, I already posted gtk-sharp-list but given that it's rather dead I
> >> don't expect any answer soon there.
> >>
> >>
> >> I am using gtk# as a primary graphical framework for at least 2 or
> >> more of my applications, but I haven't seen many updates recently.
> >> What is current development status? Is anyone working on it?
> >>
> >> Can we expect GTK# for gtk3 any time soon?
> >
> > AIUI, monodevelop4 is built using a mixture of gtk#3 and xwt.
> >
> > I don't think there is any stetic designer support for the gtk-3 flavor
> yet.
> >
> >> I know that people are probably switching to wxt but I don't like it.
> >
> > I know what you mean, for me the big hole is the lack of a multi-line
> text
> > entry box. I think it is a very good idea though and when using the GTK
> backend
> > I'm sure it is just as responsive as regular gtk#
> >
> >> GTK is very small and leaves smaller memory footprint than WPF or
> >> WinForms even on windows and is significantly faster, so I would
> >> prefer to just stick with native
> >> GTK rather than some library that uses GTK on linux only.
> >>
> >> Thank you for reply
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