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Smuffle
Is it possible? making a simple GUI using perl on the Z?

I do a lot of text processing and would really like to learn an "easy to master" language that I could use on multiple platforms that could also display a real simple GUI to make it a little more friendly. I've also heard about Python, but a bit in the dark about that. One condition is that it must be able to support Japanese characters for file input/output.

Any thoughts appreciated.
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QUOTE(Smuffle @ Jun 1 2006, 01:05 AM)
Is it possible? making a simple GUI using perl on the Z?

I do a lot of text processing and would really like to learn an "easy to master" language that I could use on multiple platforms that could also display a real simple GUI to make it a little more friendly.  I've also heard about Python, but a bit in the dark about that.  One condition is that it must be able to support Japanese characters for file input/output.

Any thoughts appreciated.
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What GUI?

If your Zaurus is Qt based (the default) then Perl may be out. AFAIK, Perl/Qt development is stalled. I have been unsuccessful at getting a Perl/Qt development environment built for the Zaurus. I think the problem was that Perl/Qt is based on version 3 and the Zaurus on version 2. That was two years ago--I am struggling to remember. I am not saying it is impossible, but will take some work.

Python/Qt is ready to go. I would suggest that you use Python. Get the book "GUI Programming with Python: Using the Qt Toolkit".

If you have X/qt Installed or run pdaXrom, then you can do anything you want. I use Perl/Tk for GUI under X/qt. I am sure that there is also Perl/GTK too. If I want to build newer Qt libs for X/qt, I could have Perl/Qt as well.

The Perl/Tk with X/qt I use is archived here: http://sense.net/zc/perl/

The Python/Qt I used is archived here: http://sense.net/zc/python/, I think I got them from here: http://www.vanille.de/projects/python.spy. But the ones in my archive I know work with Sharp and Cacko ROMs. Install pyqt and other dependencies. Read this: http://www.brad.emerika.com/zaurus/index.php, get the book and you are on your way.
Smuffle
Just saw the reply now..

Very helpful. I've been away from programming for only a few years but it feels like 50 - everything is starting to look further and further above me! Having said that, Python looks promising so I'll give it a shot. Time for some midnight oil. Thanks again.
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