GUI builders considered harmful

Mike Meyer mwm at
Mon Jun 6 02:31:38 CEST 2005

Bruce Stephens <bruce+usenet at> writes:

> Mike Meyer <mwm at> writes:
> [...]
>> The first, and most obvious, thing that GUI builders do is force the
>> developer to specify an exact position - if not size - for the
>> graphical elements of the UI.
> They do?  I don't remember them doing that.  I just downloaded SpecTcl
> (a oldish example) just to check, and that doesn't.  I presume more
> recent ones work no less well?
> I seem to remember that the GUI builder in Visual Studio didn't seem
> to be particularly sane (I couldn't seem to work out how to get a
> dialog to resize appropriately to accommodate different font sizes,
> for example), but I assumed that was just me failing to understand
> something.

In my experience, they do. But as noted, my experience is limited.

Mike Meyer <mwm at>
Independent WWW/Perforce/FreeBSD/Unix consultant, email for more information.

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