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Re^2: From PHP to Perl - Should I, and how?

by Boldra (Deacon)
on Mar 10, 2009 at 07:52 UTC ( [id://749520]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: From PHP to Perl - Should I, and how?
in thread From PHP to Perl - Should I, and how?

Let's be honest, Perl really doesn't do GUI very well.

There are few GUI builders available, and none of them are particularly good. vptk crashes, and Loft doesn't generate code. There's a reason why a lot of the GUI code hasn't recieved an update in years, and it's not "it's finished and it works perfectly".

- Boldra
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Re^3: From PHP to Perl - Should I, and how?
by webfiend (Vicar) on Mar 10, 2009 at 17:36 UTC

    I'm not saying you're wrong, but:

    Toolkit Last Updated
    Gtk2 13 Feb 2009
    QtGui 4 Feb 2008
    Tk 18 Dec 2007
    Win32::GUI 13 Feb 2008
    Wx 6 Dec 2008

    Are there issues with some of these? Yes. I use Tk and Gtk2, and those both work very well for me. Qt gave me issues when I tried to install it. I'm on Linux, so I can't speak for Win32::GUI. Could these libraries be updated more frequently? Sure, except maybe Gtk2. But years? Not exactly.

    Builders aren't really my thing, but Gtk2::GladeXML allows Perl Gtk2 apps to consume Glade XML files.

    Yes, there's a reason why GUI code hasn't been updated as much as we would like. It's because people are working on these projects in their spare time. It's because Web gets all the glory right now for most new projects - in any language, really. It's because there's no point improving the Perl GUI libraries since everybody already knows "Perl really doesn't do GUI very well."

    I'm not saying you're wrong on every point, but you're not exactly right either.

      Suggesting a learner write GUI code without a GUI designer is just cruel. As is recommending a language where the GUI designers are years out of date.

      OP asked if perl could do GUI. The answer is yes, but if it's a priority, consider a different language.

      - Boldra

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