Published on March 19, 2014
A bit about of me Eduardo Lima Mitev <firstname.lastname@example.org> Web apps developer, GNOME developer, eventdance, hildon-input-methods, libmeegotouch, ﬁletea, ... Not a gnome-shell/G-I/GJS core hacker myself, just a messenger...
What is GNOME? http://bethesignal.org/blog/2011/03/12/thoughts-on-gnome/
GNOME is people http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/lucasrocha/3913631234/sizes/l/in/photostream/
A full-featured desktop environment
A collection of libraries and programs libgpg-error libgcrypt libxslt gnome-common intltool rarian gnome-doc-utils gtk-doc glib cairo gobject-introspection atk pango gdk-pixbuf shared-mime-info gtk+ vala dconf libgnome-keyring expat polkit gudev NetworkManager libproxy cantarell-fonts gtk+-2 gtk-engines librsvg gnome-themes-standard gsettings-desktop-schemas glib-networking libsoup gconf libgweather libgdata gstreamer liboil gst-plugins-base enchant WebKit p11-kit gnome-keyring libnotify librest json-glib gnome-online-accounts evolution- data-server colord libdaemon avahi libatasmart libunique gnome-disk-utility gvfs gnome-desktop gnome-menus iso-codes libxklavier libgnomekbd upower gnome-settings-daemon libgtop sound-theme-freedesktop accountsservice gnome-control-center gnome- bluetooth hicolor-icon-theme gnome-icon-theme gnome-icon-theme-symbolic gnome-icon-theme-extras PackageKit gnome- packagekit gnome-screensaver gnome-session pygobject cogl clutter libgee caribou telepathy-glib folks js185 gjs zenity metacity mutter telepathy-logger gnome-shell mousetweaks network-manager-applet telepathy-mission-control meta-gnome-core-shell gnome-backgrounds nautilus gnome-user-share vino itstool yelp-xsl yelp-tools gnome-user-docs meta-gnome-core-extras gmime poppler gtkhtml evolution libgsf tracker totem-pl-parser brasero libnice farsight2 telepathy-farsight clutter-gtk libchamplain empathy epiphany gnome-js-common seed libpeas eog evince gcalctool gnome-contacts libwnck mm-common libsigc++2 glibmm cairomm pangomm atkmm gtkmm gnome-system-monitor vte gnome-terminal gnome-utils gucharmap libdiscid libmusicbrainz clutter-gst gtksourceview sushi yelp meta-gnome-core-utilities gnome-panel notiﬁcation-daemon dbus-python polkit-gnome ... ... ... ... all free software
GNOME 3 was released in April 2011 http://www.gnome.org/gnome-3/
the gnome-shell https://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/Technology
what is gobject-introspection? http://www.ﬂyingdisk.com/badges.htm
what is gobject-introspection? A set of tools for extracting and accessing the metadata of a library's API in a convenient way for other programs to use it. library APIs must be "annotated" and designed to be "introspection friendly"
gobject-introspection goals Enable two level applications: C and <your favorite runtime>; Share binding infrastructure work; Other uses like API veriﬁcation, improving documentation tools, etc
the big picture (with GJS)
the big picture (with Seed)
GIR ﬁle An XML description of a library API Can include documentation Example: ZLibCompressor class from GIO's GIR <class name="ZlibCompressor" c:symbol-prefix="zlib_compressor" c:type="GZlibCompressor" parent="GObject.Object" glib:type-name="GZlibCompressor" glib:get-type="g_zlib_compressor_get_type" glib:type-struct="ZlibCompressorClass"> <doc xml:whitespace="preserve">Zlib decompression</doc> <implements name="Converter"/> <constructor name="new" c:identifier="g_zlib_compressor_new" version="2.24"> <doc xml:whitespace="preserve">Creates a new #GZlibCompressor.</doc> <return-value transfer-ownership="full"> <doc xml:whitespace="preserve">a new #GZlibCompressor</doc>
Typelib ﬁle A binary representation of the GIR ﬁle for faster access during run-time.
GIRepository: API for retrieving library info from a typelib ﬁle http://moodleman.moodle.com.au/archives/202
libﬀi: fantasy ﬁction foreign function interface http://moodleman.moodle.com.au/archives/202
Annotations Go inline in the code (normally in the .c ﬁles) Complement the API description with semantic information Normally "guessed" correctly by the scanner Documented at https://live.gnome.org/GObjectIntrospection/Annotations
Annotations example (I)
Annotations example (II)
Two engines: GJS and Seed
Oh wait! what about node-gir?
node-gir G-I support for Node early stage of development written by Tim Caswell code at https://github.com/creationix/node-gir Why not use Seed or GJS? "Because they are nice, but not what I'm looking for. Node is really popular and it would be nice to be able to use it for desktop tools and applications.", Tim Caswell
Importing modules No 'require', sorry The 'imports' keyword Importing is an assignment, not a function call The full module's global scope is imported 'imports.searchPath' similar to 'require.paths' Only synchronous
Importing a module from the G-I repository // this will import GLib library namespace var GLib = imports.gi.GLib; // this will import GTK+ library namespace // for API version 3.0 var Gtk = imports.gi.Gtk-3.0; // in recent versions of GJS you can do var Gtk = imports.gi.Gtk = 3.0;
Importing a native JS module // built-in JS modules are always accessible // from the root importer var Mainloop = imports.mainloop; var DBus = imports.dbus;
Using G-I APIs: Functions Library functions are mapped to Namespace.function: g_timeout_add(...) becomes GLib.timeout_add(...)
Using G-I APIs: GObject methods GObject methods are mapped to Namespace.Class.method: gtk_button_new_with_label(...) becomes Gtk.Button.new_with_label(...)
Using G-I APIs: Enums Enums are mapped to Namespace.EnumName.VALUE: GST_STATE_PLAYING becomes Gst.State.PLAYING, CLUTTER_STAGE_STATE_FULLSCREEN becomes Clutter.StageState.FULLSCREEN
Using G-I APIs: GObject signals GJS obj.connect(signalName, callback) method is used to connect to GObject signals: obj.connect('destroy', callback); Seed: A bit diﬀerent: obj.signal["signal name"].connect(callback) obj.signal['destroy'].connect(callback);
What about documentation? http://cdblog.centraldesktop.com/2010/05/is_your_technical_documentatio/
What about development tools? http://blog.doomby.com/blog,7-of-the-best-free-website-development-tools,311404.html
gjs-commonjs Wraps GJS to add CommonJS APIs Just an experiment, not the way to go Code at https://gitorious.org/gjs-commonjs (LGPL) Only Modules 1.1 and Promises/D (partially) at the moment
Current issues and challenges To complete introspection support in GNOME libraries To complete introspection support in GJS/Seed To have oﬀicial documentation To make GJS and Seed code fully compatible To align with CommonJS for what makes sense
Final thoughts An elegant and eﬀicient combination of low-level and high-level languages JS opened to a platform with 10+ years of evolution Very convenient for fast prototyping and gluing Expands the frontiers of JS in the desktop
Thank you! Questions?
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