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* Trying to get up to speed on Guile-GTK
@ 2003-05-04 22:55 Scott McLoughlin
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From: Scott McLoughlin @ 2003-05-04 22:55 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Long ago in a different life I engineered "LinkLisp" for the then 
nascent Windows 3.1 platform. It's long dead, but it still shows up in 
some FAQ's and what not.

Anyway, After a rather long hiatus, I want to get back to work with with 
Lisp like languages. Surveying the Linux/Lisp/Scheme landscape, guile 
seems to be where it's at. PLT also seems to enjoying a healthy user 
community, but I didn't see any effort with PLT to integrate with 
mainstream GTK and Gnome GUI platforms, which will doom it to marginal 
lisp ghetto status. So guile it is.

So now I'm trying to get a handle on where guile/gtk integration stands. 
  I managed to get guile-gtk to compile and install. Most of the 
examples ran, but there were several errors.

But then reading through this list archive, I must admit total confusion 
:-)  I've scoured the Web and this list for a day or so. Alot of the Web 
pages look neglected, so I'm not sure what is current information. I 
still am confused. So here are my questions.

(a) What's gobject? What's gnome-guile? What versions of GTK do they 
target? Where are the authoritative repositories for the most current 
stable and development versions? Is there a stable version?

(b) Is there a current and active effort to target GTK2 and Gnome as 
shipped with most current commercial distros (Suse, Redhat, Mandrake,

(c) I've seen encouraging talk of a standard goops package for GTK and 
gnome. Is this effort underway? Do they need help?

(d) Might the guile maintainers someday distrubte gtk support along with 
the standard guile distribution? If not, why not? In 2003, basic GUI 
support seems just as important as stdout support if not more so.

(e) I don't see any effort to package guile-gtk (or whatever is the 
current focus of development) in an RPM for the popular distros - RH8, 
RH9, Mandrake, Suse, etc. This would *greatly* help spread guile use in 
general. If there's interest, I'd be happy to volunteer in this effort 
once I get my bearings regarding guile and guile-gtk.

(f) Is there any effort to support libglade2? This would also go a long 
way to getting guile fit and trim for mainstream GUI development.

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to diving into guile and guile-gtk.



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