[haiku-development] Re: Automatically set window / view Layout

  • From: Alex Wilson <yourpalal2@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 16:46:51 -0600

On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 3:07 PM, Clemens Zeidler <
clemens.zeidler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Am 16.08.2010, 21:40 Uhr, schrieb Stephan Assmus <superstippi@xxxxxx>:
>  Am 16.08.2010 00:46, schrieb Clemens:
>>> Hi,
>>> after a long time I wrote a gui app again and I was amazed how easy it is
>>> to setup a basic view layout with the layout engine and the layout friendly
>>> constructors :-).
>>> But when I run my program nothing showed up! The problem was that I
>>> haven't call the SetLayout method. I remember I did this mistake earlier so
>>> maybe also other people will run into it. Why I have to set the layout
>>> manually? Because the window does not know which kind of BLayout is needed?
>>> Can we provide a default BWindow layout to omit the SetLayout call or set
>>> one in AddChild if needed? I feel the SetLayout call is not very intuitive.
>>>  At first I always found this step unintuitive as well, but once you know
>> the system better, it becomes clear why it's needed/useful: You can for
>> example directly attach children to the otherwise inaccessible top-level
>> BView. A regular layout with a BMenuBar and another view below it does not
>> require another view above, but only a vertical BGroupLayout attached
>> "directly" to the window. In any case, there are forms of using the
>> BLayoutBuilder that does not require adding an extra layout, like passing
>> the window pointer to the builder, I believe. We should advertise those
>> forms in the examples. Of course adding a default vertical BGroupLayout to
>> the window, if there is none otherwise, would remove this pitfall.
> Maybe ask in AddChild if the new view has a Layout and in this case add a
> default BGroupLayout to the (layout less) window? So you can still use it in
> the way you described it above.

One of the main problems with this is compatibility, for example, if
non-layouted window had a view added that was from an external source (eg. a
translator's config view) that had a layout, the window would then have a
layout set and all the views would be re-added to the layout, so they would
all end up in a vertical arrangement. This could cause some very confusing
bugs. After R1, it would probably be good to have a default layout, but
until then, I don't think it is feasible.

Plus, the layout builders Stippi mentioned are really handy!


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