[Pipet Devel] GUI widget set

J.W. Bizzaro bizzaro at bc.edu
Mon Dec 7 01:15:52 EST 1998


It just occured to me that you may not all agree regarding the use of the GTK
widget set.  In fact, Konrad and Thomas (sorry if you don't like being called
Tom) have used Ousterhout's Tk widget set: Konrad used Python/Tkinter in MMTK
and Thomas used Tcl/Tk in BioWish and GRS.

If any of you think we should reconsider our choice widget sets, please speak
up.  I might be willing to switch to Tk if I find the reasons compelling.  In
any case, I don't want anyone to walk away from the project over this. 
Pleeeeeeeeeeease don't go! :-)

What are the pros and cons of each?  This is what I think:

Tk                                 GTK
==========                         =============
Pro: Multiplatform                 Con: UNIX only for now
Con: Tkinter requires Tcl          Pro: Bindings to many languages are being
Con: Rather large and slow         Pro: Python/GTK seems faster
Con: Looks like old Motif          Pro: Modern look and Theme-able

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