(That C++ is slower thing again) Re: the damned GUI - was:[PD] Pd in white on black and OSC

Marc Lavallée odradek at videotron.ca
Sun Nov 23 01:17:14 CET 2003

On Sat, Nov 22, 2003 at 02:49:16PM -0500, Larry Troxler wrote:

> Of the top of my head, I think FLTK would be a great choice. And, probably 
> because it's small, it seemed to me to be easier to learn than the more 
> full-featured GUI systems (not that that should be a major factor, mind you).

It's small enough to be statically linked (<100K!), and the latest cvs
version support "themes", the holly grail of sexiness for all those non PD
users out there. No wonder why themes are sometimes called "skins"...

> Ok, this is what prompted me to post. I thought that this argument finally 
> got put to rest years ago. Ok, I'll bite : why would using C++ for a given 
> application, result in slower run-time performance than the same thing coded 
> in C?

C++ is a kludge, but not always a bad one. Fltk is a good example. 
I just compiled version 2-cvs, and the examples are very convincing.


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