Which GUI?

Moshe Zadka moshez at math.huji.ac.il
Sat Feb 19 05:13:52 CET 2000

On Fri, 18 Feb 2000, Gerrit Holl wrote:

> I can't understand this. AIX must be strange - wxWindows just talks
> to X! And X is portable.

Gerrit, have you ever tried to write a program which is portable to AIX
and Solaris? Sure, X is portable, sockets are portable, but each UN*X has
its own quirks. Why do you think ./configure spends so much time poking
and proding your system?

Not to mention the wonderful world of ANSI C++, which no compiler on earth
fully supports, so another whole section of #ifdef's is used.

> > Because it's much easier to steal Tk then reinvent Tk for Python. That's
> > the good thing about free software: you can build on other people's work
> > instead of doing it yourself.
> ....and slow down the whole process a fewhundred times.

Yes. Almost as bad as using Python instead of C (which slows down
computations several hundred times too)
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