The future of Haskell discussion

S. Alexander Jacobson
Fri, 14 Sep 2001 01:29:01 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Out of curiosity, how does GTK+ compare with Fruit?
It seems like it would make sense for the standard Haskell GUI also to be


PS I don't do GUI stuff so I don't really know much.  I did read the Fruit
paper and it looked interesting.

On Fri, 14 Sep 2001, Manuel M. T. Chakravarty wrote:

> Wolfgang Jeltsch <> wrote,
> > That's why I
> > think GTK+ should be used mainly to develop applications which are intended
> > to run under GNOME and preferably not to do cross-plattform GUI programming.
> > I think the best solution for the latter thing is to use a library which has
> > multiple implementations based on different "native" libraries like Win32,
> > GTK+, Qt. wxWindows ( is an example for this kind
> > of library.
> wxWindows is quite C++ centric and AFAIK nobody has made a
> serious effort at a C++ FFI yet.  One of the big advantages
> of GTK+ is that it was written with bindings for other
> languages in mind.  Therefore, it is probably the toolkit
> with the most language bindings.
> One alternative would be to standardise on a kind of subset
> of the GTK+ API and then somebody with a lot of spare time
> could implement that on top of the Win32 API natively - in
> the meantime, the original GTK+ libraries would at least
> provide some form of implementation under Win32.  (You
> should bear in mind that anything that doesn't build on
> existing infrastructure involves a lot of coding and I
> haven't seen many volunteers stepping forward yet.)
> Manuel
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