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 there any tools or software or patterns available to build UI Dashboards with lots of Graphs and tables [on hold]

I am new to front-end development. I am planning to build a web application, Which is going to use REST api to get data. It mainly has a dashboard where I am going to display lots of graphs and ...
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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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GUI - engine data exchange, design with C, getters or struct pointers passing?

Having quite big codebase and external libraries, in C application, what would be pros and cons of two approaches (or suggest other): (assume that there are NONE api provided calls for this) Edit ...
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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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Is there a trend for cross-platform GUI toolkits? [closed]

What is the trend like for the usage of cross-platform GUI frameworks right now? Are more people starting to use cross-platform frameworks (such as GTK+, Qt and wxWidgets) or are there more who use ...
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Why Does JavaFX's GridPane Attach Properties of the Layout to the Components?

I am currently learning JavaFX and I came across a very strange API for laying out GUI components. It is perhaps best explained by it's javadoc: To use the GridPane, an application needs to set ...
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Possible DRY with Pausing Mechanism

Background I am currently working on the architecture for a future software design. The design is one long running task (hours-long) with thousands of sequential calls to various libraries. I ...
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GUI Testing With Network

I am doing GUI tests for my network application and I'm wondering if I should stub out mock responses, or if it's OK to keep using the network for the GUI tests. It seems to me the main benefits of ...
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If I create a desktop application using Tkinter, PyGTK or PyGame does my app have to be open source?

I intent to start learning desktop gui programming, so I've been looking to Python and it's Tkinter, PyGTK and PyGame. But I want to make proprietary software, so I'm concerned because of the licences ...
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Visual interpolations: independent or linked to object?

I have a class that I use to render GUI elements on the screen, this class has a tree structure (with children, parent, and siblings). I created an additional class which allows me to interpolate some ...
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Is Python a good choice to develop UIs? If so, wxPython or Tkinter?

I'm looking forward to develop a desktop application using Python. I'm a beginner and I don't have sufficient expertise in Python. I'm also a Java programmer. Although I have some experience in ...
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Using events and event subscribers to create windows in a desktop application

I should probably open this by saying I do mostly Web applications at work, which obviously have some major differences from typical desktop stuff. I had a small Windows Forms program I'd made for ...
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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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Universal Modules GUI Design

PROBLEM: GUI built above database entities usually consist of creator window (pane etc.), editor window, maybe grid or other view window. To represent an entity for user it usually requires building ...
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Accessing information between GUIs in Java

I'm fairly new to Java and GUIs and am trying to work on a side project. I'm finding that as I continue to make more and more GUIs within eachother, I am continuously needing to access information ...
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Managing widgets in a simple GUI framework

So, I'm still working on my small GUI "library". (C++ with boost) The goal is to provide a simple solution for small SPI displays, using a Raspberry or some embedded board. Thus, I ended up having a ...
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Best strategy for reporting progress to the UI - how should the callback happen?

Sometimes the user starts an extended technical operation that takes a while to execute. In these cases, it's usually nice to display some kind of progress bar, along with information about which task ...
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Where and how to reference composite MVP components?

I am learning about the MVP (Model-View-Presenter) Passive View flavour of MVC. I intend to expose events from view interfaces rather than using the observer pattern to remove explicit coupling with ...
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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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How to document GUI screens transitions of a complex application

There is an application based on multiple screen model with pretty complex net of transitions between these screens. It has some similarities to a web page or Football Manager like games. Its main ...
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A pattern to find out if data in a dialog-window was modified by the user?

I think about if there is a pattern or another intelligent solution for that problem. I am searching for a more generalized and reusable solution. I load an existing and still persistent row/object ...
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develop crossplatform GUI based DESKTOP application with HTML5/CSS [closed]

I'm experienced wed developer doing stuff for web for a several years. But now my customer need to build crossplatform ETL tool which he want to ship to his clients. And will be much easier if it will ...
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What is the role of the public folder in MVC web applications? [closed]

Must all the controllers, models and views be placed in the private folders? If so, what are the roles of the public folder? What are the correct terminologies for such roles in computer science? How ...
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Accessing data in widget

Background I started to get involved in a project written in python and wxPython (for the GUI). My task is to debug and add a few features to the GUI. The widgets are organised mainly with sizers, ...
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How do you conquer the challenge of designing for large screen real-estate? [closed]

This question is a bit more subjective, but I'm hoping to get some new perspective. I'm so used to designing for a certain screen size (typically 1024x768) that I find that size to not be a problem. ...
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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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What are potential problems when write business logic code in GUI as MVVM pattern

Currently, I'm implementing MVVM pattern for a WPF application but not 100% no code behind, sometimes I put some business logic code into GUI and so what are potential problems for this? Thanks
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Is hardware accelerated GUI data kept on the GPU

I am doing some research as to how most hardware accelerated GUI libraries work. I am actually only care about the rendering backends of them here. I am trying to figure out what would be the best way ...
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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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Separate GUI for clients

I am writing a game in which I have a Java server/client system set up. Everything is working great, but I reached a slight problem. I have set up a basic health system, and a GUI to go with it (for ...
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What is a receiver in SWT (or GUI programming in general)?

I see this notation used throughout documentation and discussions on SWT, but I've yet to see it actually defined. The comment on Stack Overflow by MarsAtomic makes me think it is just the object that ...
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GUI functional acceptance tests, making them less brittle / obstacle to further development

(Background - skip to bold statement for the crux) I'm working through the book "Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests" by Freeman & Pryce, while applying it to a project I'm ...
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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 to provide a good User Experience with a slower app

I am working on an embedded application that has a web server as a GUI. The webserver supports what you would expect, and I am using javascript to request data from the application and supply it to ...
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GUI code implementation for specific Window/Form class

Terminology Element/Form Element -> Fields such as text list, combo_boxes, push buttons, etc. Problem I have a program that is basically a fat client that interfaces into a system that keeps track ...
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Approach for interruptible transition animations

I found it's very complex to manage transitional animations. For example, when changes to a model get reverted before the animations have completed, the animations for previous changes should stop and ...
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Development approach for GUI application sharing on X

I'm curious about developing a simple system for GUI application sharing between users on a single computer, which uses Xorg (or perhaps any modern form of X11 display). I'd like user Alice to be able ...
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How does a clicked event work at a low level?

Specifically in regard to a drag and drop operation, how does a button, text box or whatever know that it has been clicked (or vice versa how does the display manager know what it clicked). I read ...
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Architecture for my Java application [closed]

I try to create small Java tools to help me at my work every now and then. Usually these do not have to be pretty and I find myself coding a single, sometimes massive, Java class. However, now my plan ...
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local communications between two apps

To make a platform-independent program in C++ I want to separate the GUI (separate for each OS, using native libraries/APIs) and the actual program. Obviously those two need to communicate with each ...
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Algorithm for a UI showing X percentage sliders whose linked values always total 100%

A system I'm building includes a set of UI sliders (the number varies) each with a scale of 0-100. By slider I mean a UI where you grab an element and drag it up and down, like a volume control. They ...
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Does Separation of Concerns applies to GUI components?

In an application I developed with C#, I use a webbrowser control, it should navigate to some websites, then I would like to extract some contents from the webpages. I do it by manipulation of DOM and ...
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GUI concept for a reactive, asynchronous graphical editor

I think I could describe this problem in an abstract way, but I suppose it will be easier to understand when I describe it in a real world environment. The Problem Imagine a graphical editor where ...
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UI design for changing multiple records at once

I have a desktop application where the user has tabular views on some data records. Now we got the requirement to let the user select multiple of these records at the same time and let the him edit ...
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Designing an Action abstract class with GUI

I have an Action class, where an Action can do a range of things, including: Performing a sequential list of other actions Performing an action if a condition is true Allowing the user to pick ...
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How to add cases to large legacy code base project? [duplicate]

There is a legacy project full of C++ code. As a MFC GUI project, it contains lots of businesses logic out of control and beyond average level programmer to understand. To work on such GUI project, is ...
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Is there some sort of systematic strategy for designing and implementing GUIs?

I am using Visual Studio to create a GUI application in C#. The Toolbox serves as a nifty component palette that allows me to easily drag and drop buttons and other elements (for clarity I'll say ...
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What is the correct Object Design/Architecture for the following scenario?

I am developing some custom controls in an Object Oriented language (using Swift/Cocoa but this is a technology agnostic question). In particular, I have a horizontal and vertical set of buttons that ...
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Drawing a custom rendered control in Windows - resizing

Some background: in order to learn GUI programming and drawing in Windows I'm starting to create my own GUI toolkit in Windows (so this is a didactic exercise, please don't suggest "use Qt" or "use ...
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UI Applications and operations in background threads

I am not really sure about what is the best way to deal with operations executed in background threads in an application I am writing. I am writing it in C# and I am following the MVVM design ...