Course detail

Graphical User Interfaces in X Window System

FIT-GUXAcad. year: 2018/2019

Interaction between user and application, different application classes. Graphical User Interface in Unix and its history. System X Window, structure, X server concept, graphical operations. Application programming interface, Toolkits. Standard X Toolkit and its usage. Object orientation features in X Toolkit and GTK+. Widget names, attributes and manipulation. Event processing, translation and action table. Base X Toolkit and GTK+ classes. Programming with OSF/Motif and GTK+.

Supervisor

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will get knowledge of application programming in X Window, GTK+ and OSF/Motif environment and basic principles of user interface design.

Prerequisites

C language programming in Unix environment.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading


  • Hix, D., Hartson, H., R.: Developing User Interfaces: Ensuring Usability Through Product & Process, John Wiley & Sons, 1993, ISBN 0-471-57813-4
  • Scheifler, R., W., Gettys, J.: X Window System, The Complete Reference to Xlib, X Protocol, ICCCM, XLFD, Digital Press, 1990, ISBN 1-55558-050-5
  • Nye, A., O'Reilly, T.: X Toolkit Intrinsics Programming Manual, OSF/Motif Edition, O'Reilly & Associates, 1990, ISBN 0-937175-62-5
  • Krause, A.: Foundations of GTK+ Development, Apress, 2007, ISBN13: 978-1-59059-793-4
  • Heller, D.: Motif Programming Manual, O'Reilly & Associates, 3rd ed 2002, ISBN 1-56592-016-3
  • Sheets, J.R.: Writing GNOME applications, Addison-Wesley, 2001, ISBN 0-201-65791-0
  • Dallheimer, M.K.: Programming with Qt, O'Reilly Verlag GmbH, 2001, ISBN 0-596-00064-2
  • Warkus, M.: Official GNOME 2 Developer's Guide, O'Reilly, 2004, ISBN: 1-59327-030-5

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Written mid-term exam (max. 20 points) and submitting 2 projects in due dates. There is no alternative term of mid-term exam.

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

    Syllabus of lectures:
    1. Application classes from the point of view of user interaction.
    2. X Window system structure, X protocol, input and output graphic operations.
    3. Xlib level programming, simple application example, Toolkits, example of application using toolkit.
    4. OOP features in X Toolkit and GTK+, instance and class of widgets, properties, internal implementation.
    5. Widget naming system, resources, convertors.
    6. Built-in X Toolkit widget classes and their usage.
    7. Event processing, translation table, action table.
    8. User interface design rules
    9. Common OSF/Motif features, keyboard navigation, compound strings, font lists and renditions.
    10. Simple widget classes and their usage.
    11. Composite widget classes.
    12. Menu and dialogs.

    Syllabus of computer exercises:
    •  Development of simple application by using GTK+: compilation, link, delivering and handling events, basic graphic items.
    • Development of application by using Qt5 and utilization of modern language QML for implementation of graphic user interface.

    Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students:
    1. Simple application based on given skeleton and examples, common assignment.
    2. X Toolkit/Motif or GTK+/GNOME application, individual assignment.

Aims

The goal is to make students familiar with the design and programming of graphical user interfaces in Unix/X Window System environment.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Projects have to be submitted before the deadline, late project submission will be graded 0 points.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme IT-MGR-2 Master's

    branch MBI , any year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional
    branch MPV , any year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional
    branch MGM , any year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MSK , any year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional
    branch MIS , any year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MBS , any year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional
    branch MIN , any year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional
    branch MMI , any year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional
    branch MMM , any year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus


  1. Application classes from the point of view of user interaction.
  2. X Window system structure, X protocol, input and output graphic operations.
  3. Xlib level programming, simple application example, Toolkits, example of application using toolkit.
  4. OOP features in X Toolkit and GTK+, instance and class of widgets, properties, internal implementation.
  5. Widget naming system, resources, convertors.
  6. Built-in X Toolkit widget classes and their usage.
  7. Event processing, translation table, action table.
  8. User interface design rules
  9. Common OSF/Motif features, keyboard navigation, compound strings, font lists and renditions.
  10. Simple widget classes and their usage.
  11. Composite widget classes.
  12. Menu and dialogs.

Projects

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus


  1. Simple application based on given skeleton and examples, common assignment.
  2. X Toolkit/Motif or GTK+/GNOME application, individual assignment.

eLearning

eLearning: opened course