[Haskell-cafe] GUI library
mpm at alumni.caltech.edu
Sat Aug 29 12:52:41 EDT 2009
Thanks for the information. Do you know how WxHaskell fits my needs? For
example, does it have good docs and examples for a beginner? Does it have
the ability to draw lines and characters on a surface? Does it have a type
of "canvas" which usually refers to an optimized drawing surface?
Jean-Denis Koeck wrote:
> I began writing a commercial app with a GUI using Gtk2hs,
> but it looked ugly on Windows. I'm switching to WxHaskell.
> 2009/8/29 Michael Mossey <mpm at alumni.caltech.edu
> <mailto:mpm at alumni.caltech.edu>>
> I want to choose a GUI library for my project. Some background: I'm
> a beginner to functional programming and have been working through
> Haskell books for a few months now. I'm not just learning Haskell
> for s**ts and giggles; my purpose is to write
> music-composition-related code; in particular, I want to write a
> graphical musical score editor. (Why write my own editor, you may
> ask? Because I want to fully integrate it with
> computer-assisted-composition algorithms that I plan to write, also
> in Haskell.) I decided to use Haskell for its great features as a
> functional programming language.
> Regarding a choice of GUI library, I want these factors:
> - it needs to provide at a minimum a drawing surface, a place I can
> draw lines and insert characters, in addition to all the standard
> widgets and layout capabilities we have to come to expect from a GUI
> - This is a Windows application.
> - it needs to be non-confusing for an intermediate-beginner
> Haskeller. Hopefully good documentation and examples will exist on
> the web.
> - It might be nice to have advanced graphics capability such as Qt
> provides, things like antialiasied shapes, and a canvas with
> efficient refresh (refereshes only the area that was exposed, and if
> your canvas items are only primitives, it can do refreshes from
> within C++ (no need to touch your Haskell code at all). However I'm
> wondering if qtHaskell fits my criteria "well-documented" and "lots
> of examples aimed at beginners".
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