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Re: First Impressions of GNUStep

From: Pascal Bourguignon
Subject: Re: First Impressions of GNUStep
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 17:29:37 +0200

Banlu Kemiyatorn writes:
> well.. I was in wmaker core for years. I think understand the point but 
> I didn't mean that..
> er.. what should I say? it's like, from the shot, only if the dock.app 
> is running, the
> appicons will appear at the bottom left not attaching to the dock... I mean,
> it would be easier if each app don't have to maintain their own app icon
> and one app can centralize all control over app icon which should be 
> simpler.

Actually,  it's  quite  simple.   The  app  icon  is  managed  by  the
NSApplication class.  That  means, by code that is  in only one place:
the shared library.

So there is already the centralization you want.

But this solution  allows in addition a given  application to subclass
NSApplication  and override  any behavior  with respect  with  the app
icon.   This is  particularly handy  when  you want  to have  animated
icons, or to report status in it.

Moreover, with the adequat API, this allow a given application to hide
its app icon.  There was  a problem here in NeXTSTEP/OPENSTEP, because
there was no  clean API to do  that, but it was still  possible at the
level of Display-PostScript.

Once  again,  I  think   that  behavior  (or  architecture)  of  other
environments should not be confused with that of NeXTSTEP/GNUstep, and
I see no reason for GNUstep to be architectured like KDE or GNOME.  If
what you want is the look of  NeXTSTEP in KDE, it seems to me that you
have it already with WMaker.

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