GObject Builder (GOB-2)
(George's Obfuscated Bits)
Very simple preprocessor for making GObject objects with inline C code so that
generated files are not editted. Syntax is inspired by java and yacc or lex.
The implementation is intentionaly kept simple, and no C code parsing is done.
- C is a perfect (well mostly) language, no need for another language
- Writing a fully featured GObject object is a hassle
- Need for a generator that doesn't require changes to generated code
- I like how Java writes method code directly into the class
- Perhaps there is less of a need for GOB now that Vala is around.
Still, GOB is simpler and more 'lightweight' if that matters.
IMO, Vala is a nicer long term solution. But that doesn't mean
that GOB needs to (nor will) go away.
(the usual drill :)
run "make install" as root, or just take the gob2 binary and place
it anywhere you want.
run gob2 with the .gob file on the command line
two (.c and .h) files named by the object name with words
separated by a hyphen (not neccessairly the .gob file prefix)
How to write .gob files?
1) read "man gob2" for some documenation on how to use GOB
2) if you can't find what you need, read src/test.gob for an
example of GOB code
3) If you still can't find what you need, read src/lexer.l
and src/parse.y (in other words: RTFS)
How to include gob2 inside your project:
Put the gob2 distribution into a subdirectory in your main
project directory. Use the AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS to include that
directory in your configure run. And finally add a file called
NOINST_GOB into your toplevel project directory (this can be done
inside your configure script in fact) so that gob2 doesn't install
itself. Then just use the made gob2 binary as you would other
- Gob itself is under GPL, the generated code is under LGPL.
See COPYING and COPYING.generated-code
- clean up code
- make it behave nice
- add warnings all over the place
- get a life (done, hence the lower rate of updates to gob!)
Note: if you are looking for the old GOB (for GTK+ objects), which is what
used to be here, look into the gob-1-0 branch in old gnome CVS! It is
not maintained anymore.