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PHP-GTK: PHP language bindings for GTK+ toolkit =============================================== PHP-GTK is a PHP extension that enables you to write client-side cross-platform GUI applications. This is the first such extension of this kind and one of the goals behind it was to prove that PHP is a capable general-purpose scripting language that is suited for more than just Web applications. This extension will _not_ allow you to display GTK+ programs in a Web browser, and can be used in the Web environment only if you are running the webserver locally. It is intended for creating standalone GUI applications. Requirements ============ As a prerequisite, you should have a CGI binary (command-line) version of PHP installed along with the header files and development scripts. They should normally be installed when you do 'make install' in the PHP source tree. Currently, PHP-GTK requires PHP 4.0.5 or greater to run, and 4.1.0 or greater to build. PHP-GTK supports GTK+ v1.2 and requires v1.2.6 or greater. GTK+ v2.0 is not yet supported but will be so in the future when v2.0 is out of the development phase and is used more widely. The latest stable release of GTK+ v1.2.x can be obtained from ftp://ftp.gtk.org/pub/gtk/v1.2/. Installation and testing ======================== After unpacking the distribution or checking out the sources from the CVS, change into the base directory and do the following. First, run './buildconf' script that comes with PHP-GTK. It will set up necessary files and create 'configure' script for you. Next, run './configure'. It will check that you have proper version of GTK+ and other files required for compilation and create the Makefile's. PHP-GTK supports extensions which can be configured via 'configure' script switches that you can see by running './configure --help'. Finally, run 'make' to compile the extension. Some source files are generated from .defs files by the code generator. If you see messages like "Could not write...", that just means that certain GTK+ objects or features are not yet supported. If the compilation is successful, run 'make install' to install the extension into your default PHP extension directory. To test the extension, try running the example scripts in the test/ directory, especially gtk.php. These are also good for showing how the extension can be used. Website ======= The website for this extension can be found at: http://gtk.php.net/ This is where you should go to obtain the latest releases and news about PHP-GTK. Mailing lists ============= There are several mailing lists for PHP-GTK. * General list ------------ This list is for general discussion of PHP-GTK, techniques, problems, development of applications, questions, and other issues. List address: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscription: email@example.com Archive: http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=php-gtk-general * Developers list --------------- This list is for those wanting to help with development of PHP-GTK and its extensions. List address: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscription: email@example.com Archive: http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=php-gtk-dev * Documenters list ---------------- This list is for those discussion and development of PHP-GTK documentation. List address: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscription: email@example.com Archive: http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=php-gtk-doc To subscribe to any of the lists, send blank email to the appropriate subscription address. Patches and feedback ==================== You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the mailing list. Please use the mailing lists for most of your questions -- many people read them and you are more likely to get quicker feedback if you post there first. Patches in the unified diff (diff -u) format can be sent via the same means. Acknowledgements ================ The person I would like to thank the most is James Henstridge <email@example.com>, the author of PyGTK (Python GTK+ bindings). His help and advice have proved invaluable during the development of this extension, and a fair amount of source code is based on or inspired by what he has developed for PyGTK. I'd also like to thank PHP team for making such a great language and the GTK+ team for developing what has to be the best C-based GUI toolkit. # vim: set et tw=80 ai sts=4: