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RE: SWT History and Design Decisions (WAS: [platform-swt-dev] AWT Toolkit using SWT (was: From Swing to SWT))

Statefulness can be provided in other ways as well, but I'll buy that that is an automatic strength of resource files. However I don't see it as a big deal to add to apps that use static-generated code.
 
Of course we could get into a self-modifying code discussion, muihahahahahahahahaha!
-- Scott
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From: platform-swt-dev-admin@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:platform-swt-dev-admin@xxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Lane Sharman
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2003 11:11 AM
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Subject: Re: SWT History and Design Decisions (WAS: [platform-swt-dev] AWT Toolkit using SWT (was: From Swing to SWT))



Scott Stanchfield wrote:
RE "Especially if the tool is one that generates code, I think you have to count on the fact that there will be a need to tweak it
Why a "need"? You're implying that if it generates resource files that noone will ever need to tweak them, countering your own first sentence...
 
What makes a resource file approach so darn powerful? Noone has yet to answer this...
A resource file is a data file. Once the data file is read and placed into a stateful condition, it can be modified according to the protocols provided at runtime, eg, the user resizes the panel, drops some element into the Presentation, sets up a new color scheme, the application adds some widget to the Presentation. State is then re-persisted. This is incredibly powerful for GUIs at runtime allowing for GUI statefulness and evolution.

-Lane