Thread overview
Write native GUI applications for Windows
Dec 18
Andrey
Dec 18
Andrey
Dec 18
Zz
Dec 18
Andrey
Dec 18
Kagamin
Dec 19
thedeemon
Dec 21
FrankLike
December 18
Hello!
I have a question about creating native GUI applications for Windows 7 or/and Windows 10.
I know that exist DWT, DlangUI and other... But I'm interesting in native GUI. If it will be C++ then I would use WinAPI from SDK.
And what about D? What should I do? Make some kind of wrapper above C WinApi?
I also know that on GitHub exists such wrapper (https://github.com/AndrejMitrovic/DWinProgramming) but it is old - last commit was 4 years ago.

Could you help me?
December 18
On Monday, 18 December 2017 at 07:55:25 UTC, Andrey wrote:
> Hello!
> I have a question about creating native GUI applications for Windows 7 or/and Windows 10.
> I know that exist DWT, DlangUI and other... But I'm interesting in native GUI. If it will be C++ then I would use WinAPI from SDK.
> And what about D? What should I do? Make some kind of wrapper above C WinApi?
> I also know that on GitHub exists such wrapper (https://github.com/AndrejMitrovic/DWinProgramming) but it is old - last commit was 4 years ago.
>
> Could you help me?

You can use libuid which can be found here https://code.dlang.org/packages/libuid.

It wrapped the native os gui for d, and it's cross-platform.
December 18
On Monday, 18 December 2017 at 07:55:25 UTC, Andrey wrote:
> Hello!
> I have a question about creating native GUI applications for Windows 7 or/and Windows 10.
> I know that exist DWT, DlangUI and other... But I'm interesting in native GUI. If it will be C++ then I would use WinAPI from SDK.
> And what about D? What should I do? Make some kind of wrapper above C WinApi?

You can use the C Windows API out of the box:

import core.sys.windows.windows;

// And away you go

> I also know that on GitHub exists such wrapper (https://github.com/AndrejMitrovic/DWinProgramming) but it is old - last commit was 4 years ago.
>

The purpose of that repository was to port Petzold's examples to D. The Win32 API bindings (it's not a wrapper) were included to make building easier. I'm pretty sure somebody else set up a github mirror of the original DSource.org repository and Andrej simply copied it into his directory tree under the WindowsAPI directory. Meaning, I don't think the purpose of DWinProgramming was ever to actually host Windows bindings.

Regardless, third-party bindings are no longer necessary. All the examples in that repository should work (perhaps with minor changes) if you replace the win32.* imports with core.sys.windows. For example, the HelloMsg sample in the Chapter 01 folder could use a couple f changes. toUTF16z is now part of std.utf, so no need for a custom implementation. And the versions of Runtime.initialize/terminate that take a delegate are deprecated. So this is what it should look like now:

module HelloMsg;

import core.runtime;
import std.utf;

import core.sys.windows.windows;

extern (Windows)
int WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance, HINSTANCE hPrevInstance, LPSTR lpCmdLine, int iCmdShow)
{
    int result;
    try
    {
        Runtime.initialize();
        result = myWinMain(hInstance, hPrevInstance, lpCmdLine, iCmdShow);
        Runtime.terminate();
    }
    catch (Throwable o)
    {
        MessageBox(null, o.toString().toUTF16z, "Error", MB_OK | MB_ICONEXCLAMATION);
        result = 0;
    }

    return result;
}

int myWinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance, HINSTANCE hPrevInstance, LPSTR lpCmdLine, int iCmdShow)
{
    MessageBox(NULL, "Hello, Windows!", "Your Application", 0);
    return 0;
}

On the other hand, you can dispense with the WinMain nonsense just do this:

import core.runtime;
import std.utf;

import core.sys.windows.windows;

void main()
{
    MessageBox(null, "Hello, Windows!", "Your Application", 0);
}

Then compile with this to the same behavior as WinMain (i.e. no console window attached to the program):

dmd -L/SUBSYSTEM:windows HelloMsg.d

Or, when using the MS linker:

dmd -L/SUBSYSTEM:windows -L/ENTRY:mainCRTStartup -m64 HelloMsg.d user32.lib

Replace -m64 with -m32mscoff for 32-bit COFF output. Also note that when using the MS linker, you have to explicitly link with user32.lib. The same is true for the original WinMain version.



December 18
On Monday, 18 December 2017 at 08:49:51 UTC, Binghoo Dang wrote:
> You can use libuid which can be found here https://code.dlang.org/packages/libuid.
>
> It wrapped the native os gui for d, and it's cross-platform.

Nice...
But I want to use WinApi. Is it possible? Or what one should do first to make it possible?
December 18
On Monday, 18 December 2017 at 09:45:38 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
> You can use the C Windows API out of the box:

Aaa, excelent! I always thought that first one should port winapi to D and then use it...

Is core.sys.windows.windows equals fully to C WinApi, do you know?
December 18
On Monday, 18 December 2017 at 10:08:13 UTC, Andrey wrote:
> Is core.sys.windows.windows equals fully to C WinApi, do you know?

Should be enough for most things.
December 18
On 2017-12-18 08:55, Andrey wrote:
> Hello!
> I have a question about creating native GUI applications for Windows 7 or/and Windows 10.
> I know that exist DWT, DlangUI and other... But I'm interesting in native GUI. If it will be C++ then I would use WinAPI from SDK.

DWT _is_ a native GUI, it uses the WinAPI.

-- 
/Jacob Carlborg
December 18
On Monday, 18 December 2017 at 08:49:51 UTC, Binghoo Dang wrote:
> On Monday, 18 December 2017 at 07:55:25 UTC, Andrey wrote:
>> Hello!
>> I have a question about creating native GUI applications for Windows 7 or/and Windows 10.
>> I know that exist DWT, DlangUI and other... But I'm interesting in native GUI. If it will be C++ then I would use WinAPI from SDK.
>> And what about D? What should I do? Make some kind of wrapper above C WinApi?
>> I also know that on GitHub exists such wrapper (https://github.com/AndrejMitrovic/DWinProgramming) but it is old - last commit was 4 years ago.
>>
>> Could you help me?
>
> You can use libuid which can be found here https://code.dlang.org/packages/libuid.
>
> It wrapped the native os gui for d, and it's cross-platform.

Any chance of having a version that allows static linking?

Zz
December 19
On Monday, 18 December 2017 at 07:55:25 UTC, Andrey wrote:
> I have a question about creating native GUI applications for Windows 7 or/and Windows 10.
> And what about D? What should I do? Make some kind of wrapper above C WinApi?

I've used DFL which is a thin wrapper over WinAPI and its native widgets. Links statically, no dependencies, no code bloat. Examples:
http://www.infognition.com/VideoEnhancer/autovideoenhance.png
http://www.infognition.com/blogsort/blogsort500.jpg

https://bitbucket.org/thedeemon/autovideoenhance
https://bitbucket.org/infognition/bsort

There are several forks of DFL in github, I'm not sure which one is the most fresh today. I think I used this one:
https://github.com/Rayerd/dfl

December 21
On Monday, 18 December 2017 at 07:55:25 UTC, Andrey wrote:
> Hello!
> I have a question about creating native GUI applications for Windows 7 or/and Windows 10.

Hi,here is a very good native d gui lib,it's name is "dgui":   https://github.com/FrankLIKE/DguiT/

I fork and modify ,let it work on DMD2.077 for win7 or win10.
It can make the x64 lib.

You can try it.

Injoy it.

Frank.