0002 - OOP Test Rig Breakdown

The code covered in this post is available here When you look at the imperative test rig alongside the OOP version, it becomes quickly apparent that the difference is mostly about code organization.


The changes start in the main() function:

void main(string[] args)
	TestRigWindow myTestRig = new TestRigWindow("Test Rig");
	// Show the window and its contents...
	// give control over to gtkD.
} // main()

On line 2 of main(), the window declaration is quite different because instead of instantiating the MainWindow class directly, there’s a derived class called TestRigWindow. Other than that, everything else is in main() the same.


quitApp() is no longer a standalone function as it’s been incorporated into the TestRigWindow class which looks like this:

class TestRigWindow : MainWindow
	this(string title)
	} // this() CONSTRUCTOR
	void quitApp(Widget widget)
	} // quitApp()

	void sayHi()
		writeln("Hello GtkD OOP.");

} // class myAppWindow

The first function is the constructor. D uses this() instead of the class name (like Java) or construct() (like PHP) and inside we:

  • call super(), a shorthand for calling the parent class’s constructor,
  • while passing along the window’s title, and
  • hook up the window’s close button.

You’ll notice that connecting the onDestroy signal is done differently here. In the imperative version, because quitApp() is external to main(), we have to preserve quitApp’s scope so it doesn’t disappear on us before we can use it. But in the OOP version, the syntax is simplified because we don’t need to worry about scope. As long as the class object exists, everything within it will exist as well. This simplification of syntax makes our job easier, although it’ll get difficult again under certain circumstances. I’ll talk about that in later posts.

Another thing you’ll notice is that TestRigWindow’s sayHi() function has taken the place of a simple writeln() call in the imperative version of main(). We could have left it where it was, but this way all functions are part of the TestRigWindow class and there’s a certain orderliness to that.

Now let’s talk about the next code example.

Window Resized

There’s only one new line of code here and it appears in the TestRigWindow’s constructor:

setSizeRequest(300, 400);

You may wonder why size is being requested instead of demanded, but that’s a question for the original GTK+ devs. I have no idea, but it really doesn’t matter.

The numbers are, of course, the x and y dimensions of the window we’re opening.

As with all examples, to compile:

dmd -de -w -m64 -Lgtkd.lib <filename>.d


So, now we have two test rigs and we’ve looked at how to size a window to exact specifications. That gives us a foundation to build from in the coming posts.

Until next time when we take an initial look at GUI buttons, happy D-coding and may the widgets be with you.

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