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Re: Moving to glade and GtkInspector


On Mon, Apr 03, 2017 at 01:29:01AM -0400, Martin Owens wrote:
> I'm brining this up in devel mailing list because it might not be
> possible to do well enough, but I'm interested in raising the question
> of moving projects from widget code to glade ui files.
> I work on Inkscape. The next version of Inkscape (0.93) will be Gtk3
> and Gtk2 is now removed from our codebase. But we're still generating
> all of our widget trees in-code and is kinda hurts redesigning our
> dialogs.
> Is it worth moving to glade for parts of a large gtk3 app, does it help
> with css adjustments at all and would it be an acceptable patch to make
> the gtkinspector dump out our existing widget trees (it would be really
> nice to have it generate glade xml, but that's just silly right). At
> least getting the data out of the inspector and into a python script
> for generating the xml would be a start.
> Any ideas, or thoughts?

Glade is not well maintained, some developers prefer to edit the XML
files directly, which is not really convenient.

At least by writing C/C++ code, you have compilation warnings when using
deprecated functions. Personally I prefer writing code instead of using
GtkBuilder, but that's just my preference. With code it's easy to write
re-usable functions, in XML files it is not possible.

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