X Toolkit Intrinsics Programming Manual: For X11 Release 5 - Motif Edition


Volume 4 is a complete guide to programming with the X Toolkit Intrinsics, the library of C language routines that facilitates the design of user interfaces with reusable components called widgets. It provides concepts and examples that show how to use the various X Toolkit routines. The first few chapters are devoted to using widgets; the remainder of the book covers the ...

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Volume 4 is a complete guide to programming with the X Toolkit Intrinsics, the library of C language routines that facilitates the design of user interfaces with reusable components called widgets. It provides concepts and examples that show how to use the various X Toolkit routines. The first few chapters are devoted to using widgets; the remainder of the book covers the more complex task of writing new widgets.

Uses the Motif 1.2 widget set in examples and covers X11 Release 5.

Volume 4 includes:

  • Introduction to the X Window System.
  • Building applications with widgets.
  • Constructing a bitmap editor with widgets.
  • An overview of each widget in the widget set.
  • Basic widget methods.

  • Events, translations, and accelerators.
  • Event handlers, timeouts, and work procedures.
  • Resource management and type conversion.
  • Selections and window manager interaction.
  • Geometry management.
  • Menus, gadgets, and cascaded pop-ups.
  • Miscellaneous techniques.
  • Comparison of Athena, OSF/Motif, and AT&T OPEN LOOK widgets.

This book is designed to be used with Volume 5, X Toolkit Intrinsics Reference Manual, which provides reference pages for each of the Xt functions, the widget classes defined by Xt, and the Athena widget set.

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Editorial Reviews

Complete guide to programming with the Xt Intrinsics. Guide to using widgets and to writing new widgets. Concept and examples of how to use various X Toolkit routines. Updated for Release 4. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565920132
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/9/1992
  • Series: Definitive Guides to the X Window System Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 712
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Nye is the author or editor of several volumes in the X Window System Series from O'Reilly & Associates. Adrian has worked as a programmer writing educational software in C and as a mechanical engineer designing offshore oil spill cleanup equipment. He has interests in the environment and the impact of people and technology. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly & Associates, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly also publishes online through the O'Reilly Network (www.oreillynet.com) and hosts conferences on technology topics. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long term vision for his company is to help change the world by capturing and transmitting the knowledge of innovators.

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Table of Contents

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Obtaining the X Window System Software
Obtaining Motif
Obtaining the Example Programs
Compiling the Example Programs
Chapter 1. Introduction to the X Window System
1.1 The Server and Client
1.2 The Software Hierarchy
1.3 Event-driven Programming
1.4 The Window Manager
1.5 Extensions to X
Chapter 2. Introduction to the X Toolkit and Motif
2.1 Programming with Widgets
2.1.1 About Widget Sets
2.1.2 Widget Classes and Instances
2.1.3 Widget Configurability with Resources
2.1.4 Widget Independence
2.1.5 Widget-Application Interaction
2.1.6 Xt and Object-oriented Programming (OOP) Methods Messages Encapsulation
2.2 Structure of Motif Applications
2.3 A Simple X Toolkit Application
2.3.1 The Code
2.3.2 Compiling the Application
2.3.3 The App-defaults File
2.3.4 To Hardcode or Not to Hardcode
2.4 Connecting Widgets to Application Code
2.4.1 Callbacks
2.5 More About Resources
2.5.1 Setting and Getting Resources from the Application Setting Resources with the ArgList Interfaces Getting a Resource Value
2.5.2 Core Resources
2.5.3 Other Inherited Resources
2.6 Advice on X Programming
2.7 Debugging Xt Applications
Chapter 3. More Techniques for Using Widgets
3.1 Using Composite Widgets
3.1.1 Setting Resources for an Instance Hierarchy
3.1.2 Geometry Management in Practice
3.2 Using Constraint Widgets
3.3 The Standard Motif Instance Hierarchy
3.3.1 Motif Widget Creation Routines
3.3.2 Building a Main Window
3.4 Using Popups
3.4.1 Creating a Basic Menu
3.4.2 Creating a Basic Dialog Box
3.4.3 Popup Window Hierarchy
3.5 More About Callbacks
3.5.1 Passing Data to Callback Functions The call_data Argument
3.5.2 Callback Lists
3.6 Application Resources
3.6.1 The Application Data Structure
3.6.2 The Resource List
3.6.3 Getting the Resources
3.7 Command-line Options
3.7.1 Standard Command-line Options
3.7.2 Defining Your Own Command-line Options
3.8 Preventing User Customization of Widget Resources
3.8.1 Using the Varargs Interfaces
3.8.2 Using the Argument List Interfaces Merging Argument Lists
3.9 More About Application Contexts
Chapter 4. An Example Application
4.1 xbitmap1: Bitmap Editor Using a BitmapEdit Widget
4.1.1 XBitmap1 App-defaults File
4.2 xbitmap2: Adding Graphics to Display the Bitmap
4.2.1 Exposure Strategy
4.2.2 Graphics from the Application
4.2.3 Writing a Bitmap File
4.3 xbitmap3: Another Way to Create a Custom Window
4.3.1 Actions Format of an Action Function
4.3.2 Translations Hardcoding Translations Action Parameters
4.3.3 Adding Actions to Existing Widgets
4.4 xbitmap4: A Bitmap Editor Without a BitmapEdit Widget
Chapter 5. More About Motif
5.1 The Remaining Motif Widgets and Gadgets
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