Tim, Owen, JRB and Havoc are my Heroes
I built GNOME2 out of CVS for the first time the other
day. I haven't played much with the gnome-core bits (in
particular, the 2.0 panel kept crashing), but I've started
looking at the part I really care about -- the development
Mostly I've played with glib/gtk+, and the new versions are
so much nicer than the old ones. I've always been
fond of gtk+, but there always were some huge annoyances
that made programming with it much more painful than was
I'm happy to report that the situation is now vastly
improved... the APIs clean-ups are fabulous, and I'm loving
the new tree and text widgets. Everything seems
well-thought-out, which is about the highest compliment I
can think of.
I love GObject. I didn't really realize how badly I
needed interfaces -- now that I have them, I can think of a
dozen places where they can really make a difference in my
I was worried that Pango was going to make things more
complicated, but now I see how it makes everything so
much easier, at least from the developers point-of-view.
The fact that we haven't been able to do things as simple as
mixing bold, italic and 'normal' text is totally idiotic.
Now it is trivial, as it should be.
Now we just need to do something about the signal emission