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From: Aaron W. LaFramboise (aaronrabiddog51_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-11-19 22:26:32

Aleksey Chernoraenko wrote:

> IMO, the best GUI "framework" would be a *set* of separate, specific
> libraries each of which
> would provide good abstractions/algorithms in some specific gui-related
> area:

I'd like to emphasize the importance of Aleksey Chernoraenko's point.

I know we've all gotten very used to using so-called "toolkits" or
"frameworks" for GUI developments, that provide everything from string
classes to threading support. Good programmers know better than this;
lets not create yet another one of these horrible things that is doomed
to die by its own limited entanglement.

I think two primary design goals of any new GUI work should be "no
unnecessary coupling" and "a model of the Open-Closed Principle" (OCP).
  As a refresher, the OCP is a design philosophy of classes, functions,
and similar abstract entities, loosely stated as "open for extension,
closed for modification."

I think that any new GUI interfaces created that fail to make these
items a priority in their design will share the fate of all traditional
user-interface frameworks, being inappropriate for modern design, and
doomed to obsoletion.

Aaron W. LaFramboise

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