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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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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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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What's the right way to work with a graphic designer?

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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Do GUI programmers have an undue advantage over others?

It is easy for managers and customers to appreciate what they can see. I have seen many GUI developers who are average programmers with minimal knowledge of design principles or other programming ...
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WPF - What are the implications of the current rumours [closed]

My personal experience has always been with web applications and lots of "back-end stuff" but recently I've been poking around for some personal projects to widen my knowledge. An obvious thing to ...
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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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Is it still worth learning desktop gui development?

For the last couple of years, all of the serious projects I have worked on have been either web based, or had a non graphical user interface (services, command line scripts etc...). I can throw ...
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What are the major differences when moving from console-based to GUI-based programming?

I started, like many others, with console-based (as in terminal, not Playstation) programming. But sooner or later, one needs to touch upon GUI-based programming, whether you want to or not. This ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Have you ever found yourself using a specific tool in favor of another just because it looks better? [closed]

I found that this was the case with Eclipse. When I first started learning Java a lot of people told me to start with NetBeans because it's easier, comes with a lot of predefined functionality and ...
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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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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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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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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 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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What GUI tools are available for which DVCS? [closed]

When I worked at Sun, we used a DVC system called Forte SCCS/Teamware, which used the old SCCS file format, but was a true distributed source code revision control system. One nice feature is that it ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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What drawbacks does Java Swing GUI framework have? [closed]

I have used Java Swing for some desktop applications. But I haven't used other GUI frameworks that much so I can't compare them. There is definitely some things that I like with Swing and some that I ...
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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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What are the cons of using XML for GUI development? [closed]

I'm hoping this question fits within the scope of Programmers SE and that it's not too open ended. I've always hated GUI design. I don't mean to offend anyone, but I've hated CSS/HTML, I've hated ...
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Design pattern for window management in a Java Swing app

I've just started creating my very first little Java Swing app. When the program opens, it brings up a single, simple window with a label and a couple buttons. Clicking one of those buttons is ...
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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 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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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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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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How do you make your applications looking more sexy?

The other title of this question could also be: How to improve my creativeness? During the past years I noticed that a loot of my small applications that I write in my free time to ease my life could ...
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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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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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Use a GUI designer or write it yourself for the desktop?

Writing a GUI for a program has always been a daunting, depressing, and frustrating task. It doesn't matter which language, its extremely hard to get what I want. Especially in compiled languages like ...
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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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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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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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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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Programmers will be designers in the future? [closed]

Is everything going to tend to powerful interface in the nearest future(I'm talking about desktop applications)? Console or simple GUI applications will not be popular? And does it mean that all ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What parts of Java do I need to learn for specific software projects?

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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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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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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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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how protect intellectual property when oursourcing software development?

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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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 ...