Volume 6A: Motif Programming Manual
By Dan Heller & Paula Ferguson
1016 pages, ISBN: 1-56592-016-3, $34.95 (US)
We have just released this manual for writing applications using
the Motif toolkit from the Open Software Foundation (OSF). It goes into
detail on every Motif widget class, with useful examples that will help
programmers to develop their own code. It has been updated to Motif 1.2,
but is still usable with Motif 1.1. In addition to information on Motif,
the book is full of tips about programming in general, and about user
- An introduction to the Motif programming model, how it is based on
the X Toolkit Intrinsics, and how it differs from them.
- Chapters on each of the Motif widget classes, explaining them in
depth, with useful examples that will help you to improve your own
code. For example, the chapter on menus shows how to develop
utility functions that generalize and simplify menu creation. All
of the code shown in the book is available free of charge over the
Internet or via UUCP.
- Coverage of the drag and drop mechanism for transferring data.
Two extensive examples show how to implement custom drag source
and drop site functionality in a Motif application.
- A tutorial on UIL. The chapters on UIL describe all of the
techniques used to create an interface with this prototyping tool.
The numerous examples cover the basics and explore ways to use UIL
to facilitate rapid prototyping.
Also of interest:
Volume 6B: Motif Reference Manual
By Paula Ferguson & David Brennan
920 pp; ISBN 1-56592-038-4; $34.95 (US)
This companion volume to Volume 6A provides reference pages for the
Motif functions and macros, the Motif and Xt widget classes, the Mrm
functions, the Motif clients, and the UIL file format, data types, and
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