Advice on GUI toolkits

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Re: Advice on GUI toolkits

Postby ventosus » Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:41 am

Do you need user input?
As you seem mainly wanting to do visualizations and ploting, you may want to look into a vector graphics library.

Cairo [1] comes to mind. There are also plotting libraries [2] based on the latter.


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Re: Advice on GUI toolkits

Postby CrocoDuck » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:49 am

ventosus wrote:Do you need user input?

Yes, at least at some point in the future. For example, I would like to create a realtime time domain / frequency domain analyzer inspired by this, although perhaps in many cases I will be fine in just displaying the results of calculations.

ventosus wrote:Cairo [1] comes to mind. There are also plotting libraries [2] based on the latter.


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Re: Advice on GUI toolkits

Postby fundamental » Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:16 pm

CrocoDuck wrote:
fundamental wrote:Otherwise you're stuck implementing a lot of event handling, a ton of drawing routines, and stuck researching a lot of moderately interesting "how should the user reasonably interact with XYZ".

I am quite positive I want to avoid that. In fact, I was wondering whether there is some toolkit that at least makes 2D plots straightforward. This is the sort of stuff I am used to, and I would like to retain the capability of doing most of the plots in the examples, but without having to break my brains. Maybe I am best to look into Qt first.

Qt is a good option, though I'd be careful around QML as that part of the toolkit is still evolving and may be more confusing than you'd want to start out with. If you do go with Qt I would utilize the Qwt ( ) library for plotting widgets.
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