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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Is it a bad practice to use GUI designer tools with code generation for application programming in Java/C++?

In a stackOverflow question I have read that using a GUI designer program can generate lots of messy code and is considered to be a bad practice unless you're making smaller programs. My question is ...
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Communicating from lower level components to GUI?

What is the recommended way for a lower level software component/module to communicate with the GUI? I'm using C++. I have a service layer class that if some conditions occur needs to notify the ...
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What parts of Java do I need to learn for specific software projects? [closed]

I'm starting a 12 week Java course next month through my local junior college. I'm starting from square 1. I have a basic understanding of OO and Java will be my first OO language. My Google-Fu ...
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GUI architecture and class naming advice [closed]

Problem: I'm working on coding a few light-weight touch-tablet games and often get stuck with difficulties naming my user interaction/interface classes and their relationships with each other ...
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How do large-scale applications handle GUI creation?

I'm interested in developing GUI-based Windows applications in C++, but I'm not sure how it's done in professional or large-scale settings. It seems it would take a lot of development time to describe ...
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How do you name your GUI controls?

It's a generally considered a bad practice to use the Hungarian notation, but is common to find GUI controls named userNameTextBox and userNameLabel. Do you put the control type in it's name? Isn't ...
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How would I use a browser as a GUI for Emacs apps? [closed]

I've started using Emacs, and love it. Naturally, I'm thinking about ways of extending it. I' m particularly fascinated by the thought of creating browser based GUIs for some stuff I would otherwise ...
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How could I make automatic tests for GUI?

How can I check automatically what is seen and what not? Or at least, how can I organize some partly automatic tests? IDE: Eclipse (could use also IntelliJ Idea if necessary) Testing tool: Junit ...
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C programming in Windows 7 [closed]

Which is the best book and what are the best tools for C programming in Windows 7? Would using C in any way hinder me when it comes to using the Windows API as opposed to using C++ or C#? I would ...
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How to structure unit tests for a GUI app using C# and NUnit

I've been asked to do a small side-project to supply a simple application to one of our customers. Normally I would be working on back-end code where I have all of my testing needs figured out, and ...
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How do you validate critical input that cannot be vetted?

How does one prevent users from creating erroneous input sets, when there is no practical way to vet the input? The scene I modify a small ERP package written in Visual FoxPro. One part of the ...
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When is it appropriate to develop a gui application, as opposed to a web application?

I've been thinking about an application that I want to develop for a while now. In short, I want this application to perform some crud operations. The application will be for a law firm so overall ...
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What kind of documentation should UX designers provide to the developer?

It would be interesting to hear what is used besides sketches from UX engineers during development of a GUI. Unfortunately our UX team provides just a minimum of requirements for GUI screens. I ...
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How big a problem is Qt's cross-platform GUI? [closed]

I read something on this site saying that Qt's GUI being a big problem that stop programmers from using Qt. They say the problem is that the GUI don't look native, and they are inconsistent. I ...
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Where can I find inspiration for a good user interface? [closed]

I've got a mental block as far as desigining the main screen interface for a desktop application that I'm currently upgrading. When I first developed this program the screen resolution was 640 X 480. ...
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prism and multiple screens

OK - I am studying Prism a little because of a "free weekend" offer on Pluralsight. As this is proving too complex for me, I went to the Prism book and looked at the forward, and this is what it said: ...
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Haskell GUI: how much can be done with Haskell?

I've been wanting to try out graphics in Haskell. From what I've seen, the available libraries are either front-ends to C/C++ libraries, or an abstraction of them with minimal features. The high-level ...
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How to allow filtering Films in my app intuitively? (GUI design)

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this but I wrote an app that shows all the movies in one's computer with the appropriate info such as genre, director, rating, etc. I am wondering how ...
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Advantage of using Swing over AWT [closed]

Why is Swing preferred over AWT? Which Swing component could be used for playing a video on it?
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Does it makes sense to implement an event dispatching system that allows event bubbling for non GUI related objects?

Following up on this question of mine, where I wanted to know the general principles of implementing an event dispatching system that allows for events to bubble (and capturing I've come to learn); ...
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Architecture of interaction modes (“paint tools”) for a 3D paint program

We are developing a Qt-based application to navigate through and paint on a volume treated as a 3D pixel graphic. The layout of the app consists of three orthogonal slice views on which the user may ...
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Is there a canonical reference on GUI programming in Java?

I'm practicing Java in Netbeans. Is there a reference out there that's the de-facto standard for describing best practices, design methodologies, and other helpful information on GUI programming in ...
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HTML5 card game

I created a card game in Silverlight a year ago, in order to learn a bit about Silverlight. I am now wanting to make a HTML5 version of the game in an effort to learn a little bit more about that. I ...
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Do some languages make it easier to build graphically-intensive GUIs?

I made an algorithm that has a good potential use for a commercial application. I'm thinking of making a GUI, and since it's computationally expensive, I'm thinking of putting it "on the cloud" to ...
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Which language and GUI toolkit would you use for a prototype program? [closed]

Suppose, I have an idea and I have to put it into code quickly. And then I am presenting it to someone who is not so computer savvy. Which language should I use for quick and dirty coding? And which ...
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Naming UI components in web based editor

I'm developing a web-based source code editor. I'm developing everything(tabs, context menu etc) out of HTML elements. How do I come up with names for UI controls? Is there a book or guide or project ...
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Can someone explain how a GUI works and when I should start using one? [closed]

I've been learning C++ for about a month now, and before I go any further, I'd like to clear up this tedious question I keep on having. I know what a GUI is, but I don't really know how it works, and ...
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GUI: Setting options in two different places and having them stay in sync?

Programming in Windows with Visual Studio 2010 C++ and MFC. My question is about how best to store, update, and pass around program settings or options. I have a simple main GUI window/frame/dialog. ...
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Java out of web and without GUI? [closed]

Is java used out of web and without GUI? To develop web applications you have to learn design stuff, html+css+javascript+ajax => it takes really a lot of time to learn it. Developing a GUI application ...
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What is easier to do with web applications compared to native GUI applications?

I have the impression that more and more applications with a user interface use HTML+CSS+JavaScript client-side instead of a native GUI framework. I wounder what are the most important driving forces ...
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How to protect intellectual property when oursourcing software development? [closed]

I'm a small company needing to outsource software development. I've written both functional and technical specifications for GUI developers and back-end (C or PHP) developers to implement my software ...
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Abstract event queue for GUI/model communication

I hope this isn't so general a question as to be thought a "discussion." I'm writing a simulation of an old (ca. 1960) computer, and I'm thinking about how to queue events from the GUI to the CPU ...
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What one should look for when choosing a cross-platform C++ GUI library?

As a learning C++ programmer, I am trying to select a GUI framework or library for my own projects. I have some experience with Qt: it's very straightforward, it has a very good documentation, and ...
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Is PHP-GTK widely used? [closed]

Is PHP-GTK widely used for desktop application? Is it recommended to use? Is there a big company who uses PHP GTK?
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How does a CLI-oriented programmer's workflow differ from a GUI-oriented one?

I've heard a lot about the advantages of doing less programming work in GUI apps and using more command-line tools (especially with regard to getting things done more efficiently). However, since I ...
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Programming language for simple program?

I am wondering about which programming languages people see fit to create a program idea that I had. I am looking to create a fairly simple program whose main functions are adding to, managing, and ...
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Bugs keep reappearing in our GUI software during development. How should this be addressed?

We have a software product has a lot of usability features, and we're constantly changing it. We have issues with things like persisting scroll position which seem to get fixed, but then are broken ...
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Is python a good choice to develop UIs? If so, wxPython or Tkinter?

I am looking forward to develop a desktop application using python. I am a beginner and I do not have sufficient expertise in python. I am a java programmer. Although I have some experience in ...
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How should I develop an unusual user interface? [closed]

Say I have an idea for a desktop application with unusual interface requirements. I need: Pixel-level control over the look and feel. Finely specified custom controls. Platform-independence. My ...
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Scala - learning by doing

coming from the PHP-framework symfony (with Apache/MySQL) I would like to dive into the Scala programming language. I already followed a few tutorials and had a look at Lift and Play. Java isn't a ...
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Why would Qt be considered harmful? [closed]

A large list of "harmful stuff" related to software development is presented on cat -v. Is Qt harmful? What would be the rationale for considering to Qt harmful? Why would Tcl/Tk be presented as a ...
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When to use RCP?

I like to write small GUI applications using Java and Swing, something like a client for the social website Tumblr Should I use Eclipse RCP or the Netbeans platform? And what benefits do I get from ...
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What are “User Process Components”?

This article about application architecture design mentions "User Process Components" as part of the presentation layer. User process components. Your user process components help synchronize and ...
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How can you be certain that a controversial change made to your software really is best for users?

Background: we have recently made a significant change to the UI of our software. All previous versions used a MDI interface (windows floating around inside a parent window.) The new version uses a ...
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Suggestions for a GUI library in Haskell [closed]

As the Haskell Wiki itself states: There is a large number of GUI libraries for Haskell. Unfortunately there is no standard one and all are more or less incomplete. In general, low-level veneers ...
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Comparing multiple revisions of the same C File

I just wondered if anyone had any tricks or programs they used when comparing two of the same file but different versions? I appear to have foolishly made a modification at some point today (Went a ...
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How can I reduce the amount of time it takes to fully regression test an application ready for release?

An app I work on is being developed with a modified version of scrum. If you are not familiar with scrum, it's just an alternative approach to a more traditional watefall model, where a series of ...
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to what level should the drawn design match the real web site

I am working on a web site. The client has drawn it in Microsoft Publisher, and I am using this drawing as a working graphical design. The problem is that there are a lot of places on the web site ...
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Should Swing knowledge be required from Java programmers? [closed]

Swing is an integral part of the Java API. It is also the most popular GUI framework for Java. I still wonder, should every Java programmer still know, or at least be pretty familiar with, Swing ...
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Can it be useful to build an application starting with the GUI?

The trend in application design and development seems to be starting with the "guts": the domain, then data access, then infrastructure, etc. The GUI seems to usually come later in the process. I ...