Friday, January 06, 2017

December 2016 Changes

A summary of the past months changes to the gnocl core module. These enhancements offer a extra means of fine-tuning the appearance of gnocl base applications.

  New commands:
        o gnocl::property, set and override application wide settings.
        o gnocl::data, set and get additional widget data associations.
        o added -widthGroup
        o added options -normalBackgroundColor and -prelightBackgroundColor
    New command gnocl::license, returns configurable BDS style licence for use with Gnocl or Gnocl derived projects.
        o beep sub-command functionality restored.
    New convenience widget: gnocl::labelWidget, much like gnocl::labelEntry and gnocl::labelText, useful for creating dialogs.
    Note, labelWidget can only contain one child, which is destroyed if replaced.

Please contact me directly if you want a of the current 64-bit build.

Now that the new year in underway the focus of attention has moved to addressing some of the challenges associated with wrapping gnocl into executables generated by TclKit and Freewrap. Quite stealthily, Tcl accesses VFS (virtual file systems) at a level below the standard Tcl file opts commands. So, whilst Tcl commands like 'open' can directly access wrapped files, Gtk cannot. Accessing files can be achived by first unpacking object and then loading, something which can be done in either pure Tcl or internally in C within the gnocl core which is now being implemented.

Other options to look out for in January include the ability to convert and load images stores in an ascii format.