[Vm-dev] visual squeak... =P

Michael van der Gulik mikevdg at gmail.com
Fri Feb 16 03:22:08 UTC 2007

On 2/15/07, Alan Grimes <agrimes at speakeasy.net> wrote:
> I have a bunch of visual basic code that's been dropped on me. -- for
> controlling hydraulic presses for use in geology experiments...
> So naturally, I'd like to play with a squeak analog... I have some
> experience with back-end type stuff in Squeak such as the math library
> used by Croquet... However, throwing a gui together seems to be a much
> more daunting problem, While you can throw morphs on the screen to your
> heart's content there isn't the kind of code generation system that QT,
> Borland C++ builder, or MS Visual* has... I went to squeak.org and
> naturally, 2/3rds of the links give me
> " Bad Gateway
> The proxy server received an invalid response from an upstream server."
> =(

I believe that's been fixed.

Where can I find a good walkthrough for creating an application such as
> the media player?

I don't know of any GUI makers. There's BobsUI, which is an old project that
may or may not load into 3.9. Personally I prefer to write things out in
code manually.

If you can make your application only with basic widgets (buttons, lists,
trees, text etc) then I highly recommend learning about ToolBuilder. For
examples, find any buildWith: methods in your image after loading any
examples (such as the PlusTools) you can find. I made a UI using ToolBuilder
in much less time than it took me to fight with Morphic.

If you need to use Morphic, then poke around the image looking for some
simple morphs similar to what you want. Then make your own - subclass Morph
and copy / modify code a bit. The best way to learn is by playing.

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