Re: [dev] Suckless Laser GUI

From: Edgaras <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 13:48:41 +0300

On Tue, Jul 02, 2013 at 12:33:08PM +0200, David wrote:
> Am 02.07.2013 09:46, schrieb Edgaras:
> > On Tue, Jul 02, 2013 at 08:11:36AM +0200, David wrote:
> >> Am 02.07.2013 07:08, schrieb Edgaras:
> >>> I think you should reconsider tk, though you need to install tcl and tk, tk is
> >>> quite nice to work with (with exception of some small hiccups), and if you have
> >>> a cli for controlling everything it should wrap around it quite well.
> >>>
> >> I personally find Tk horrible.
> >>
> > Horible in what way? Apart from web crap. what are alternatives to quickly
> > creating guis? Especially when you just need wrapper around some cli tool?
> >
> It looks like crap on every platform, the api is painful (even though
> defenitly not the worst I have ever seen).

Afaik looks like crap is old argument, new themed tk widgets integrate into os
very well. And although I havent yet done large stuff with tk (though I'm
planing, thats why I'm interested), I have not seen anything particularly
painful. Most things seem quite intuitive and simple, and I also like tcl quite
a bit. Only annoying thing I found so far is that listbox widget is not storing
key - value pairs, only "keys", this is a bit nasty when working with data from

Anyways I would be very interested in what you find painful in tk?

> I would probably go with Gtk if it has to be C (or my own, -> OpenGL).
I think gtk has more dependancies? As for gl, writing qui lib sounds quite
painful, and you need semi decent hw for gl which might hurt portability.

> If you have e.g. python, I'd use wx and if I really need advanced
> controls and a highly dynamic GUI, Qt.

I have quite a bit of antipathy for wx. And Qt is Humongous, and is C++,
and I have doubts that it provides anything more dynamic than tk.

> Tk has none of the advantages each of the "3 Major" (gtk, wx, Qt),
> additionally (as mentioned before), it looks like crap on every platform.
> - David
Again for looks like crap, I think you should investigate it.

Look at shots there, it integrates quite well, though on linux it does not seem
to be fully configured, or maybe they used some dodgy gtk theme.
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