Archive for May 19th, 2007

Erlang GUIs

May 19, 2007

There is one major area where Erlang suffers, and that is the lack of powerful GUI libraries available to it. It ships with a Tk-based GUI called gs, but Tk has it’s own share of problems, with its limited capabilities and dated look. The best option from a cursory look at things is GtkNode, which is a set of bindings to Gtk. There also seems to be some work toward web based GUIs using things like Yaws. I’m still evaluating things, but I may be adopting GtkNode for any GUI projects I undertake in the near future. Additionally, I have looked in C# and GTK# and although they are very nice projects, I find them to be as tedious to code in as Java, C, and C++, so I highly doubt I will make any use of them in the near future. Additionally, Mono is very much detested by a large contingent of the open source community, which is also a potential source of problems with its usage. Most importantly, Erlang is just “fun” to code in.

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