Hybrid Desktop/Web applications with WebKitGTK+ (COSCUP 2010)

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By Xan López.

Do you want to write native looking GNOME applications while at the same time using all the compelling recent additions to the web arsenal like HTML5 or CSS3? In this talk we’ll use WebkitGTK+’s well-integrated GObject DOM bindings to get direct access to the well-known DOM APIs for building truly integrated hybrid GNOME applications.

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  • 1. Hybrid Desktop/Web  applications with  WebKitGTK+
  • 2. Xan López
  • 3. What this talk is not about
  • 4. Transformative effect of the Web in apps
  • 5. Facebook, Twitter, Google...
  • 6. The Cloud
  • 7. It's about...
  • 8. Web as a platform is winning
  • 9. Why?
  • 10. It's everywhere
  • 11. Reach a massive audience
  • 12. Reasonable learning curve
  • 13. If the trend continues...
  • 14. The Web will be the dominant platform in the future
  • 15. Not GNOME
  • 16. You might say
  • 17. Not very different from now
  • 18. You'd be right!
  • 19. We can try to do something about it
  • 20. Step 1
  • 21. WebKit
  • 22. WebKit + GNOME
  • 23. WebKitGTK+
  • 24. Use the platform
  • 25. Native widgets
  • 26. WebKitWebView
  • 27. Browsers, IM clients, Email clients, Help display, ...
  • 28. Problem
  • 29. No easy way to access and modify web content
  • 30. Step 2
  • 31. DOM
  • 32. JavaScript bindings
  • 33. var e = document.getElementById(“foo”); e.style.color = “red”;
  • 34. Actually...
  • 35. “The DOM is designed to be used with any programming language. In order to provide a precise, language-independent specification to the DOM interfaces, we have chosen to define the specification in OMG IDL” DOM Level 1 Specification
  • 36. OMG IDL!
  • 37. Object Management Group Interface Definition Language
  • 38. Access the DOM from Gobject/C (and other languages)
  • 39. DEMO
  • 40. Work in progress
  • 41. Unstable releases already available with GObject DOM bindings (since 1.3.0)
  • 42. Next stable release 1.4.0 (around March next year with GNOME 3.0)
  • 43. Join us! #webkit & #webkit-gtk at Freenode IRC webkit.org and webkitgtk.org
  • 44. That's it!