In computing a graphical user interface (GUI, sometimes pronounced gooey) is a type of user interface that allows users to interact with electronic devices with images rather than text commands. GUIs can be used in computers, hand-held devices such as MP3 players, portable media players or gaming ...

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How to manage focus for a small set of simple widgets

I'm developing a set of simple widgets for a small (128x128) display. For example I'd like to have a main screen with an overlay menu which I can use to toggle visibilty of main screen elements. Each ...
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Why is it hard to make a Java program 'appear native'?

Most Java applications don't look the same as C/C++ applications. Swing might have been designed on purpose to have a distincitve look, but based on what I've read, SWT for example tried to 'look ...
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Console Application vs GUI? [closed]

I'm trying to develop a minimal MP3 player with some cool but light features. It is so simple that it doesn't matter if it is console application or not. Since my purpose is to consume the sources as ...
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Programming beginner: Options for small program interfaces? [closed]

I have been a Rails developer for a year now, and I really want to start diving in to Ruby and pure programming without using a framework. However I am having trouble conceptualizing little programs I ...
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Using a web framework as python GUI

If I built some useful piece of python code to e.g. scrape a website or to calculate something big, at some point I might want to add a GUI to my project. For this I could use Tk, Qt, Pygame or any ...
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Python scripts link to GUI using an IDE [closed]

I am studying python. Now I can write python scripts(codes) to some extent. I am interested in making GUI to those written programs.I like to do it using an IDE rather than using PyGTK or Tkinter. Can ...
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Browser-based GUI for a python application [closed]

I want to create a web/browser-based GUI for a command-line python application. The goal is to make use of HTML/JS technologies to create this GUI. As the application itself, it needs to run on Linux ...
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Which are the best ways to organize view hierarchies in GUI interfaces?

I'm currently trying to figure out the best techniques for organizing GUI view hierarchies, that is dividing a window into several panels which are in turn divided into other components. I've given a ...
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Why use classes when programming a tkinter gui in python

I program primarily in python and have programmed a couple of GUI's with Tkinter, every tutorial I have ever seen has recommended defining and using a class for the GUI, but my GUI runs flawlessly ...
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Is it crazy to develop a TUI today? [duplicate]

I'm starting to develop a new program. It's basically a database interface, run a few queries, show the data in a nice way and be able to easy input new data (like this website). Thinking about which ...
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Why to have an application with GUI on linux when command line is available?

If the question appears to be off topic then please migrate to some other suitable domain on stackexchange. Q.why to have GUI along with CLI, when you already have command line interface? I'm ...
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Is there any theory or science for building complex visualization GUI's?

Most "Canvas" widgets in common GUI toolkits offer low level operations like drawing basic shapes of different colors/line-width/etc, or displaying sprites and images. Some seem to have slightly more ...
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How does GDI/+ work and can it be replaced with my own code?

On wikipedia it says that GDI is an API and core operating system component responsible for representing graphical objects and transmitting them to output devices. I'm not finding much on what GDI+ ...
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What are some standard design methods to add GUI to a command line app? [closed]

I have an embedded linux c application that runs with a simple CLI. I am now tasked with creating a GUI that accomplishes the same functionality as the command line program. I am not an accomplished ...
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Is the Glade GUI designer a good option for a beginner?

I am a student of Computer Science and I already have basic programming experience in Python 2.x, 3.x, C++, and HTML. I never made a program with a GUI. I have just programmed games, scripts/plugins, ...
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What's the right way to work with a graphic designer? [closed]

Recently, we worked with a graphic designer (arranged by the client) to provide the skin for a Django+Bootstrap application we had built. The designer provided a series of static images of the new ...
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What should the relation between parent and child GUI components be?

This seems to happen every time I create any sort of GUI. I have trouble figuring out how child classes should communicate to their siblings. It's a general problem, but it's probably easier to use a ...
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Are GUIs ever programmed in DirectX for higher performance?

I've been researching GDI a little and on some websites I'm lead to believe it can hardly draw a few boxes, while on others it can easily be used in an interactive charting application. So I'm ...
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Other than XML, what are some examples of “coding” a GUI design?

I've been trying to think outside of the box as to how desktop GUIs can be designed in code(not a graphical designer!). I've come across basically three ways this is done: XML Raw code (create a ...
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Modern REPL for Haskell - is anybody working on it? [closed]

It's time Haskell had a modern REPL like Mathematica's (or better). Make each calculation run in a separate thread, so user has control over each computation box's resources (ability to pause, play, ...
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Dynamically change of UI on value changes in list box

I have a list box with several elements, let it be web servers (tomcat, iis etc). For each list box value, UI must have different views. For example, if we choose IIS, user name and password fields ...
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OOP when using a GUI Designer

I usually do database and web development but at the moment I'm learning desktop development with Mono and Gtk# using using the MonoDevelop IDE. I'm also using the Stetic GUI Designer inside ...
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Why would each widget need a reference to its parent in a simple widget system?

I'm working on a simple widget system (single window, fixed size). Each widget gets its parent (i.e. the widget containing it) passed into its constructor - except for the root widget, which I called ...
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How to get a reference to a central AssetLoader in every Widget?

I'm working on a simple UI system for a game. The building blocks are Widget objects, which can contain each other. There are several sub classes of Widget, e.g. LabelWidget, ImageWidgetand ...
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Data representation with C# and WPF

I'm developing an application handling DB parts. I retrieve the data from the DB with stored procedures and prepared statements. Now I want to display the data in the GUI. What is the current ...
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User selection and object creation

I'm writing a GUI application. The user selects item from a comboBox (non editable). The suitable input data control is then enabled and user enters data. Then the appropriate object according to the ...
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What data structure could a word processor use to map the user's caret position/text selection to its internal representation of the document?

Word processors (e.g. Microsoft Word) display documents to the user as styled text. The user can select a part of this text and apply styles to it, and edit the text. The word processor must (I ...
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How to avoid big and clumsy UITableViewController on iOS?

I have a problem when implementing the MVC-pattern on iOS. I have searched the Internet but seems not to find any nice solution to this problem. Many UITableViewController implementations seems to ...
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Why don't we have web IDEs?

Why don't we have a lot of good web-based IDEs? Which aspects of the system make it difficult for IDE to be implemented as a web application?
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What is a proper way of building Winform apps with multiple “screens”

What's a proper way of building a Winform app that has multiple 'screens'? For example, I'm trying to write a small backup program (mainly for giggles), and I've been dumping controls and containers ...
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Thread safe GUI programming

I have been programming Java with swing for a couple of years now, and always accepted that GUI interactions had to happen on the Event Dispatch Thread. I recently started to use GTK+ for C ...
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How do I organize a GUI application for passing around events and for setting up reads from a shared resource

My tools involved here are GTK and Haskell. My questions are probably pretty trivial for anyone who has done significant GUI work, but I've been off in the equivalent of CGI applications for my whole ...
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What to learn after standard C++? [closed]

I switched to C++ a few months ago, learning its syntax, the main features of the STL and what you can usually find in a "learn C++" manual. Now I would like to go further. What would be your ...
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Overloading interface buttons, what are the best practices?

Imagine you'll have always a button labeled "Continue" in the same position in your app's GUI. Would you rather make a single button instance that takes different actions depending on the current ...
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Combining multiple events into one action/ Defer refreshing

So in a GUI program I have multiple events that trigger a update of a workspace. This update call is costly so I would want it to not happen very often. A user might pick something from a dropdown ( ...
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How to deal with hints/tutorial mode?

Currently I'm working on an basic application that has a 'tutorial mode'. Initially hints (bubbles with text) will be displayed above various ui elements, explaining how they work. Currently I have a ...
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Is it possible to use RubyGnome2's/QtRuby's HTML renderers to make UI for a Ruby script?

I'd like to make a graphical user interface for my script, instead of running it from the console. I'm aware there's a wealth of UI libraries for Ruby, but I'm quite familiar with HTML and CSS and I'd ...
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GUI advice for a responsive touchscreen

I am tasked with building a piece of software that interfaces with a MySQL database, in order to allow the user to pick songs to play and que using a touch screen, and then they are shown ...
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Developing an Interface to a Dynamic System

I work for a small company and have been designing a GUI to interface our embedded system. The problem with this embedded system is that it is not a finished product (may never be) and is constantly ...
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Using WCF as an API for Database access by the GUI, or no?

Originally I asked this question on Stackoverflow but I was suggested to move the question here. I've asked this question a while ago in MSDN forums but I'd like a second opinion from ...
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Webkit as GUI in .Net/Mono

I want to make a cross platform application, which will also have a website where the desktop applications (Windows, iOS, Linux) will talk to the server and keep the users data in sync. So far the ...
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How can one best avoid writing bloated GUI code?

I find whenever I work with GUI code, the code tends to bloat faster then other kinds of code. It also seems harder to refactor. Whereas in other kinds of code I can refactor pretty easily -- I find I ...
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Desktop GUI loading slow

I am developing desktop based GUI (single form) using wxPython and loads it using remote citrix access from client private network. Suppose, the GUI has certain group of select and text boxes which ...
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Resources on concepts/theory behind GUI development?

I was wondering if there were any resources that explain concepts/theory behind GUI development. I don't mean a resource that explains how to use a GUI library, but rather how to create your own ...
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How to “translate” interdependent object states in code?

I have the following problem. My UI interace contains several buttons, labels, and other visual information. I am able to describe every possible workflow scenario that should be be allowed on that ...
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Any Practical Alternative to the Signals + Slots model for GUI Programming?

The majority of GUI Toolkits nowadays use the Signals + Slots model. It was Qt and GTK+, if I am not wrong, who pioneered it. You know, the widgets or graphical objects (sometimes even ones that ...
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If I were to start doing a GUI how do I decide on what platform to use? [closed]

I hear about WPF, Silverlight but then there is also windows RT, metro stuff, windows 8 and so on at the moment - I'm having a hard time nailing what to bet on. How do I, at a given point in time, ...
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Who uses GnuSTEP?

This has been a big question lurking at the back of my head. From what I see, GnuSTEP nowadays is primarily a "hobby" project of a small but tightly-knit group of people. However I haven't seen a ...
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How can a computer render a CLI/console along with a GUI?

I'm confused when looking into graphics - specifically with operating systems. I mean, how can a computer render a CLI/console along with a GUI? GUI's are completely different from text. And how can ...
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Ruby Shoes for non-trivial apps [closed]

I've been taking a look at Ruby Shoes for GUI development with Ruby. So far, it's been a pretty good experience for making simple apps. However, I am quite worried about being able to write large ...