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X-Toolkit Cookbook, The

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X-Toolkit Cookbook, The


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  • considers the fundamentals of writing and using Xtoolkit-based applications.
  • covers concepts in the order in which they would be used in an application.
  • compares and contrasts the various industry toolkits available.
  • provides examples and illustrations featuring the OSF/Motif toolkit, but which are generalized to apply to other toolkits as well.


  • Copyright 1995
  • Dimensions: 7 x 9 1/4
  • Pages: 1072
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-973132-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-973132-7

This tutorial and reference provides application programmers working in X environments recipes that enables them to become quickly productive using any of the major X Toolkits, including OSF/Motif. The X Toolkit, a part of the X Window system from MIT, is a standard programming interface for building and manipulating user interface tools. It has a very steep learning curve and available material is geared toward those who aready understand it. KEY TOPICS: Covers the latest release of the X Window System (X11R6). The author is a leading authority on the X Window system. Provides a set of tutorial examples which demonstrate the major features of X Toolkits — in the order in which they would be encountered in writing a real application. MARKET: For software developers, application programmers, and interested users of commercial windows systems who want to know more about X Toolkits and how to use them in building applications.

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Table of Contents


 1. The “X” Window System and How It Works.

 2. The Xtoolkit Intrinsics.

 3. Let's Get Started — Building a Simple Application.

 4. Customizing Applications as a User.

 5. Changing and Querying Widget State Inside a Program.

 6. How to Manage Widgets on the Screen.

 7. Shells and Popups.

 8. Handling Flow of Control in an Application.

 9. Advanced Flow of Control - Translation Management.

10. Writing Graphics Applications with Xtoolkits and Xlib.

11. The MIT Athena Widgets.

12. OSF/Motif.

13. Digital's DECwindows.


15. Using Widgets from Different Toolkits Together.

16. Building Your Own Special-Purpose Widgets.

17. The Future of Xtoolkit Systems.




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