0092: How Big is My Window

Last time, we were talking about placing a Window and—if you remember—I also said I wanted my application to remember the Window’s size as well, so let’s dig into that, shall we?

Results of this example:
Current example output
Current example output
Current example terminal output
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Another wrinkle we can toss in here is remembering whether the window is maximized or not when last it was used. This is something else that can be saved to a configuration file for user convenience.

An Addition to the Constructor

This time, we’ll hook up another signal as you can see here:

	addOnCheckResize(&onCheckResize); // NEW

	appBox = new AppBox(this);
} // this()

Whereas the onConfigure signal tells us when the window’s been moved, onCheckResize tells us when the user resizes it. And this naturally needs a callback:

The onCheckResize Callback

And the callback takes a (perhaps) unexpected argument:

void onCheckResize(Container container)
	getSize(width, height);
		_isMaximized = true;
		_isMaximized = false;

	writeln("width: ", width, ", height: ", height);
} // onCheckResize()

And what’s the purpose of the Container argument?

That’s the Widget with which the check-resize signal is associated. In fact, when you look at the hierarchy of GTK Widgets, the Window class inherits from the Container so we have all those Container goodies in our Windows, too.

Now, the main purpose of this callback is to keep us informed. In actual fact, other than setting our _isMaximized flag, we don’t even need it… except for special circumstances, like, perhaps:

  • if we want to force a redraw after the window is resized, or
  • if we need to restructure the UI as the size of the Window changes.

However, both of those are dealt with automatically by GTK most of the time. Still, it’s good to know the mechanism is there if we need it.

We don’t even need it for gathering the new size stats because we can get that from Window.getSize() which we could access whether the onCheckResize signal fires or not.

What the onCheckResize signal does do is give us a specific moment in the life cycle of our application when it feels natural to check the Window state for whatever purpose suits us.

Other TestRigWindow Functions

We still have a couple of functions to look at, but neither needs much explanation:

  • showWindowStats() has an extra statement to report the Window’s width and height, and
  • checkMaxState() reports on the maximize state.

Both are stand-in functions as already explained and each would be replaced by functions for storing the Window stats in a configuration file.

So, Why Pre-save Window Stats

It may cross your mind that, until the application is closing, we don’t need to gather all these Window stats, but here’s the rub:

If we wait until the getDestroy event, it’s too late. The Window is destroyed before the getDestroy() callback is triggered, leaving us with no stats to gather.

And that’s why, in these circumstances, the configure-event and check-resize flags are so handy.


Next time, we’ll look at an alternate way to gather this data. Until then, may the great code be yours.

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