Graphics, GUIs, andthe Internet
Interaction with the user via graphical presentation or graphical interfaces is an extremely important aspect of computing. It is also an area that depends heavily on the available hardware and the operating system. Whilemuch effort has been put into the various operating environments to hide the hardware aspect, programming a graphical user-interface (GUI) on MS Windows is completely different from doing so on Linux or Mac OS X.
Hardly any programming language defines how you can display results graphically or how to build a graphical user-interface. The common approach is to use a library that hides – if possible or desirable – the specifics of the operating system, so that a portable program results. Some ...