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Re: [Chicken-users] cross-platform gui toolkit

From: Brandon J. Van Every
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] cross-platform gui toolkit
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2007 14:23:44 -0800
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felix winkelmann wrote:
On 2/7/07, Shawn Rutledge <address@hidden> wrote:
On 2/6/07, felix winkelmann <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 2/6/07, address@hidden <address@hidden> wrote:
> >
> > I agree with Joerg. Currently I am developing with bigloo and I am
> > looking for a good GUI library to use with it. As I have used Gtk+
> > before (in OCaml and C), I am just experimenting how would be a bigloo
> > interface to gtk. But I do not think I will use bigloo for all of my
> > Scheme developments. The next project could be in Chicken, for
> > instance. So common libraries to many scheme implementations are
> > valuable to me and I think the Scheme community should put efforts to
> > develop them, when possible.
> >
> For that the Scheme community would first need a common FFI...

Why?  Wouldn't the SRFI just cover the API which a user of the GUI
library can expect to have, rather than implementation strategy for
every Scheme?

Hm. Yes, you are probably right there. I mostly think in terms of
which I consider (currently) more important.

And without concrete implementation on several Schemes, aren't SRFIs typically rejected / withdrawn as 1 guy's pet project? This is where lack of a standard C FFI is really crippling. It greatly raises the bar for what a proof of concept requires.

Also, what's the scope of a SRFI? I'm doubting that cross-platform GUI widget toolkits are within scope. It's not a simple facility, it's a big piece of software. You could try instead for a "standard window" SRFI, but seeing how it's so OS-specific, I seriously doubt you'll get anyone to SRFI that.

Brandon Van Every

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