How to start with X?

Emanuele Petriglia inbox at
Thu Jan 23 15:38:18 UTC 2020


Thanks for the advice. Do you have any thoughts about the book? I found also a digital version thanks to Lucien.
Emanuele Petriglia (ema-pe)

Sent from my mobile. Please excuse my brevity.

On 23 January 2020 16:25:05 CET, Carsten Haitzler <raster at> wrote:
>On Wed, 22 Jan 2020 18:26:32 +0100 Emanuele Petriglia
><inbox at> said:
>> Hi!
>> I would like to learn how to create a C graphical application without
>> using some toolkit for hobby. I know that there are two main
>> Xlib and xcb. The first is old but has a lot of documentation, the
>> second is newer but less documented than the first. So I was thinking
>> learn Xlib and then xcb.
>> I found this book about Xlib: "XLIB Programming Manual" of Adrian Nye
>> published on 1994. I do not found any other recent book. Is it good
>> start with Xlib even is it old?
>Advice: stick with Xlib. More examples. More docs. XCB is only better
>in a few
>very specific cases that mostly are the areas WM and toolkit authors
>obsess over for small gains in performance. So stick to Xlib - that's
>my advice.
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