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Re: GUI, Tk, with-wish
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- Subject: Re: GUI, Tk, with-wish
- From: Bruno Haible <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 17:50:04 +0200 (MET DST)
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Matthias Lindner wrote:
> I have tried different built-in GUIs for CommonLisp (Lucid with
> LispView, Allegro with CommonWindows, CLISP with StdWin, CLIO).
> Forget it - period.
> That's why I wrote with-wish.
That's a clear statement. :-)
It looks like the big packages Garnet, Amulet, CLIM
* are hard to learn (huge libraries),
* may require some non-negligible effort for binding to CLISP (Amulet),
or for completing (CLIM).
So what we want is a binding with Tcl/Tk. Some pieces are already there:
- Tcl/Tk 8.0 is officially supported by Sun, and ports over seamlessly
to Unix and Win32,
- with-wish provides a working low-level interface with Tcl/Tk, based
- The STklos directory of the STk-3.1.1 distribution contains CLOS
classes for all the Tk widgets. (Much nicer than Bill Schelter's
gcl-tk package and its descendent called lisp-tk-0.1.)
What remains to be done, it to put these pieces together. Whoever does it,
I encourage you to do it. Looks like no C/FFI hacking will be involved.
You cannot make Tcl disappear, because Tk is based on it, but with STklos
it's completely hidden.
> I don't know if clisp-win32 currently supports sockets.
Yes, clisp-win32 supports sockets, but pipes will do the job, if the
machine running clisp is also the displaying machine.
> You have three processes hanging around which is not soooooo good, but
> even Windows should be able to handle three processes today (whow!).
Having the clisp process distinct from the Tcl/Tk process has at least
- Redraw events can be handled while clisp is waiting in the read-eval-
- Bugs in Tcl/Tk appear as such and don't make clisp crash :-),
- The resulting package could easily be used in other Lisps, not
Just my thoughts. Have fun,