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Re: GnuCobol and GTK3+

From: Brian Tiffin
Subject: Re: GnuCobol and GTK3+
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 13:38:18 -0400
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arch wrote:
> Hello Folks,
> I am interested in interfacing GnuCOBOL and GTK3+.  Is there anything
> available to accomplish this mission?
> Thanks,
> Arch
Hello, Arch.

It needs work in terms of the styling layer, when the GTK folk broke
being able to change the colour of a button in code, relying instead on
a CSSish external file, I gave up trying to keep up with the continual
breakage.  Anyway, take a look at cobweb-gtk.

Discussion and some bragging

Some griping

The code

That was 6 years ago now.  Supposedly GTK+ 3 has "stabilized", (I think
the GNOME folk ran out of stuff to break), but at this point GTK 4 is in
the works and releases will probably go through another 5 years of
continual breakage.  Though that may well be a sour grapes opinion on my
part.  GNOME seems to think that desktop development should work on a
touchscreen phone.  Nice theory, but utterly wrong thinking in my humble
opinion.  Phones are devices for consuming, not efficient development nodes.

I lean to Agar for a stable(r) path to GnuCOBOL GUI work now.  A much
smaller team works on libAgar, so it's not as refined in look, but still
covers all the needs, in a much smaller but still cross-platform package.

Have good, do well,

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