wxWidgets App With Plugins (Windows/Linux/Mac) – Sample Source Code

I can see that there is still a lot of topics at wxWidgets forums related to usage of shared libs or plugins with wxWidgets apps on different platform.

For Windows it’s not hard to implement such app but on Linux and OS X this may be quite tricky (especially when you are not planning to use installer for your app and create the app which will work on different machines without need to recompile it).

So, specially for those, who still has problems with implementation of plugins for wxWidgets apps, I created the sample which compiles and runs on all 3 platforms, has 2 types of plugins (with and without GUI), creates the relocatable application where all plugins and other libs search for dependencies using relative paths which means that you don’t need to rebuild the app on different machines to make it work.

You can find the complete source code at GitHub: Modular wxWidgets Application with Plugins

The project is under development since I’m writing an article about this in parallel, so you are welcome to follow the project at GitHub and try the new versions.


Features which I plan to add in nearest updates:

  • Embedding of wxWidgets libs into OS X Bundle
  • Embedding of wxWidgets libs into application’s distro for Linux
  • Document/View: Support of different file formats using plugins
  • Communication between plugins

So, stay tuned, start watching the project at GitHub!

wxToolBox is Now Open-Source!

I’ve just published the source code of wxToolBox component and a couple of sample apps at GitHub: https://github.com/T-Rex/wxToolBox
There is a working minimal sample and `Sample IDE` app with source code, Skin Editor does not compile with new version of wxPropertyGrid and I’m not currently interested in updating the source code. The working binary version for Windows can be downloaded from this page (also attached to this post): http://wxtoolbox.wxwidgets.info/docs/index.html

The source code is free for commercial and non-commercial use (component and demo apps).
However if anybody still wants to buy me a beer or smth, you can make a kind of `donation` through ShareIt: http://tinyurl.com/kywtdj6

SkinEditor

wxtoolbox-skins

wxToolBoxSkinEditor Binary for Windows

Taking Screenshots with wxWidgets under Mac OS is Really Tricky.

Taking screenshots is a very common task and it was a must for one of my current projects. What was a surprise when I understood that my favourite toolkit can’t do that in cross-platform manner.

It is official bug that wxScreenDC does not work properly under Mac OS and you can’t use Blit() message for copying screen onto wxMemoryDC.

After digging the Internet I found a kind of solution which used OpenGL and created wxWidgets-based class which takes screenshots also under Mac OS. It was really hard task for me because I haven’t used neither Carbon nor Cocoa before. However everything works now and I’m happy.

Here it is:
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AxTk: An Accessibility Toolkit for wxWidgets

http://code.google.com/p/axtk/

What is AxTk?

AxTk (pronounced Ay Ex Tee Kay) is an open source, C++ add-on for wxWidgets that helps developers create highly accessible, talking applications for users with impaired vision. It may also be useful for other impairments that benefit from a simplified user interface.

AxTk features a new menu-based system that is easy to learn and use, in addition to providing adaptation for some existing GUI controls and dialogs. The developer can choose whether to use the menu system, or to adapt an existing application UI, or use a combination of methods.

AxTk is cross-platform (tested so far on Windows XP, Linux and Mac OS X 10.5), and includes text-to-speech classes with the ability to drive SAPI 5, Apple Speech Synthesis Manager, eSpeak, and Cepstral. Other speech engines can be driven by writing additional handlers.

Note that AxTk is a work in progress and the API is subject to change.
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How to Create Nice About Box in wxWidgets

After taking a look at wxWidgets samples I noticed that all of them have simple message box instaed of normal about box. However in real applications About dialog is important enough part of GUI.

So, in this post I’m going to tell a bit about creating About boxes for your software.

wxWidgets has builf-in API for creating “standard” dialog boxes. wxAboutBox() function is used for displaying About box and wxAboutDialogInfo object, which contains all necessary information, should be passed to wxAboutBox() function.
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Классы редактирования даты и времени в ячейках wxGrid

Александр (sandy) Илюшенко любезно предоставил статью о создании редактора ячеек wxGrid:

Данная статья посвящена внедрению в грид ячеек для редактирования дат и времени. Сам котрол для дат существует – wxDatePickerCtrl. Остается вопрос, как прикрутить его к гриду.
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Переопределение поведения стандартных компонентов. Делаем свой wxGrid

Александр (sandy) Илюшенко любезно предоставил статью о том, как настроить класc wxGrid под свои нужды:

Захотелось мне как-то, чтобы в гриде были не номера строк, а маркер.
К тому же очень хотелось, чтобы незаполненное пространство грида было не белым, а, примерно, как на рисунке ниже.
Делаем собственный wxGrid
Навеяно это было в основном аналогичными и другими классами, предоставляемыми MFC. Тут же и вспомнилось, что подобные классы также прдоставляют очень полезные методы для хранения дополнительных не отображаемых данных, такие как SetData() или GetData().
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How to Draw Gradient Buttons (wxWidgets Way)

Several days ago I found How to draw gradient buttons post at Native Mobile blog. Looks nice but I think that using GradienFill() is not very convenient because you need to fill all these TRIVERTEX structures. wxWidgets provides more convenient way of drawing gradients by using wxDC::GradientFillLinear(). Here is how it can be done in wxWidgets:
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Реализация Job Queue на wxWidgets (+исходник)

При работе с потоками часто приходится делать кучу однотипных задач: создавать класс, производный от wxThread, реализовывать метод Entry() для этого класса, синхронизацию с главным потоком и т.д.

Eran, автор CodeLite IDE поделился кодом класса JobQueue, который реализует пул потоков и позволяет выполнять задачи в фоновом режиме.

class MyJob : public Job {
public: 
        MyJob(){}
        ~MyJob(){}
       
        // Implement your processing code here
        void Process() {
                wxPrintf(wxT("Just doing my work...n"));
        };
};

// define some custom job with progress report
class MyJobWithProgress : public Job {
public: 
        MyJobWithProgress(wxEvtHandler *parent) : Job(parent){}
        ~MyJobWithProgress(){}
       
        // Implement your processing code here
        void Process() {
                // report to parent that we are at stage 0
                Post(0, wxT("Stage Zero"));
                // do the work
                wxPrintf(wxT("Just doing my work...n"));
                // report to parent that we are at stage 1
                Post(1, wxT("Stage Zero Completed!"));
        };
};

// somewhere in your code, start the JobQueue
// for the demo we use pool of size 5
JobQueueSingleton::Instance()->Start(5);

// whenever you want to process MyJob(), just create new instance of MyJob() and add it to the JobQueue
JobQueueSingleton::Instance()->AddJob( new MyJob() );

// at shutdown stop the job queue and release all its resources
JobQueueSingleton::Instance()->Stop();
JobQueueSingleton::Release();

// OR, you can use JobQueue directly without the JobQueueSingleton wrapper class
// so you could have multiple instances of JobQueue 

Главный поток получает уведомления таким вот образом:

// in the event table
EVT_COMMAND(wxID_ANY, wxEVT_CMD_JOB_STATUS, MyFrame::OnJobStatus)

void MyFrame::OnJobStatus(wxCommandEvent &e)
{
    wxString msg;
    msg < < wxT("Job progress: Stage: ") << e.GetInt() << wxT(" Message: ") << e.GetString();
    wxLogMessage(msg)
} 

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Multilingual Applications? It’s Simple!

I was digging wxForum searching for a solution of some of my problems and realized that many people ask questions related to wxLocale and multilingual applications and it seems that setting up the development of multilingual applications is hard enough for junior programmers. So, today I want to tell you about how to start…. start the development of software which supports different languages.
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