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First code

I still need to study some aspects of GTK, but tonight I wanted to place a small code base. In this case is not about the GUI, but about the core of the program! I’ve got:

  • A simple configuration class (a few lines of Python and here we go!)
  • GUI selection is configurable (which means that the software is not strictly bound to GTK: different toolkit could be added in future, allowing (for instance) to run seamlessly the stuff under a QT-based environment;
  • Paragraph and Text Block abstractions (i.e. something like an intermediate representation of the text format which an be conveniently translated in Markdown.

I was thinking that, as there’s can be multiple choice in terms of GUI, there could be also room for different output formats besides Markdown. No, I don’t want to end with yet another word processor! The first rule here is simplicity! I’m just saying that Markdown has got many siblings…

Enough for today.

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Playing with GTK

Unfortunately (well, also reasonably) the tutorial doesn’t give much complete documentation nor details about how everything works. However important information can just be obtained from the GTK C reference manual.

After playing with the Multiline Text Editor example, I started wondering how to save stuff and read formatting information. The documentation about the GtkTextIter component answered my first question, but I need to conceive a good way of retrieving the tags. Nothing I can’t handle.

Let’s start

NoteDown will be written in Python 3, since it fosters a rapid development, and I think it’s very neat. As for the graphical interface, I gave a glance at PyQt, Python TkInter and GTK3, and the latter seems the one which better suits my needs (at least, for the python bindings): simple, pythonic and and aesthetically good.

Despite I had some experience with GUI-based programming (using QT4 in C++) I’m pretty new with GTK, so I needed a tutorial, and I’ve found this one!