[Haskell-cafe] Re: Idea for a very simple GUI llibrary

haskell at kudling.de haskell at kudling.de
Tue Nov 24 07:18:20 EST 2009

I dream of mostly generated bindings for Haskell to the native windowing
Eclipse's SWT proves, this is a viable path.

See my proposal here:

Sam Martin <sam.martin at geomerics.com> hat am 23. November 2009 um 19:04

> Thinking of a parallel with Java for a second, is there a GUI library out
> there that's structured like Java Swing? Meaning, there is a GUI library that
> has a small platform-specific GUI foundation (e.g. a per platform
> implementation of the core AWT functionality) and the rest of the
> functionality is pure haskell?
> Supporting cross platform guis is often a bit ... complicated. Java attempted
> to resolve their debug-everywhere nightmare with AWT by making the
> per-platform bit as small as possible, and building everything else in Java.
> I guess in theory gtk and wxWidgets take on this support burden, but you do
> get some fairly hefty imperative apis as a result. Perhaps it would make sense
> to focus efforts on stabilising a small 'core gui' library that can act as the
> foundation stone for all manner of pure haskell gui libraries?*
> Or perhaps this already exists?
> Just a thought.
> Cheers,
> Sam
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