Follow Techotopia on Twitter

On-line Guides
All Guides
eBook Store
iOS / Android
Linux for Beginners
Office Productivity
Linux Installation
Linux Security
Linux Utilities
Linux Virtualization
Linux Kernel
System/Network Admin
Programming
Scripting Languages
Development Tools
Web Development
GUI Toolkits/Desktop
Databases
Mail Systems
openSolaris
Eclipse Documentation
Techotopia.com
Virtuatopia.com

How To Guides
Virtualization
General System Admin
Linux Security
Linux Filesystems
Web Servers
Graphics & Desktop
PC Hardware
Windows
Problem Solutions
Privacy Policy

  




 

 

The Art of Unix Programming
Prev Home Next


Unix Programming - Special-Purpose Code Generators - Case Study: Glade

Case Study: Glade

We looked at Glade in Chapter8 as a good example of a declarative minilanguage. We also noted that its back end produces a result by generating code in any one of several languages.

Glade is a good modern example of an application-code generator. What makes it Unixy in spirit are the following features, which most GUI builders (especially most proprietary GUI builders) don't have:

  • Rather than being glued together as one monster monolith, the Glade GUI and Glade code generator obey the Rule of Separation (following the “separated engine and interface” design pattern).

  • The GUI and code generator are connected by an (XML-based) textual data file format that can be read and modified by other tools.

  • Multiple target languages (as opposed to just C or C++) are supported. More could easily be added.

The design implies that it should also be possible to replace the Glade GUI editor component, should that ever become desirable.



[130] The common latter-day description of Perl as a “Swiss-army chainsaw” is derivative.

[131] PLY is downloadable.

[132] CUP is downloadable.

[133] Jack is downloadable.

[134] Yacc/M is downloadable.


[an error occurred while processing this directive]
The Art of Unix Programming
Prev Home Next

 
 
  Published under free license. Design by Interspire