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Motif Programming Manual (O'Reilly Volume 6A)

Volume 6A - Motif Programming

Volume 6A: Motif Programming Manual

For Motif 2.1

By Antony Fountain, Jeremy Huxtable, Paula Ferguson & Dan Heller

The complete programmer's reference for the Motif toolkit now covers Motif 2.1, the latest release of Motif.

It is a source for complete, accurate, and insightful guidance on Motif application programming. There is no other book that covers the ground as thoroughly or as well as this one.

The book describes how to write applications using the Motif toolkit and goes into detail on every Motif widget class, with useful examples that will help programmers to develop their own code. Anyone doing Motif programming who doesn't want to have to figure it out on their own needs this book.

3rd (Open Source) Edition
For Motif 2.1
December 2001
Reprinted March 2002
with minor corrections
967 pages

Completely overhauled for Motif 2.1 and subsequently reprinted with minor corrections.

Available as an html file for browsing and for download here, as a PDF file or in Source form under the terms of the Open Publication License. The source for the examples in the book is also available for download here.

This book is currently NOT available in a printed form.


2nd Edition
For Motif 1.2
February 1994
O'Reilly & Associates
ISBN: 1-56592-016-3
1014 pages

Out of Print - but Amazon may have used copies for sale


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It is available online as PDF and HTML at http://www.linux-france.org/article/motif/oreilly/.
See also
Is Motif Dead? No Way! an Interview with Antony Fountain by Lori Houston and the subsequent discussion, both formerly on the O'Reilly web site.
www.motifdeveloper.com - a great source of in depth information on Motif development.

The Authors

Antony Fountain, a Principal Engineer who worked on a number of X/Motif products, including X-Designer, the world-leading Motif GUI builder tool. Aside from development, he has written and delivered X/Motif widget/graphics training courses and developed the front ends to several external products as a consultant. He has been working with X/Motif for well over 20 years. Antony has an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Edinburgh, with sidelines in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, and a postgraduate M.Sc. in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt (Edinburgh).

Jeremy Huxtable has been working with user interface systems for over 25 years including 2D and 3D graphics, image processing and internationalization, on UNIX, MacOS and Windows. He designed many facets of the user interfaces to many software products, including extensive work on X-Designer, in particular the various layout editors used for Motif. He also created much of the user interface for a Java builder, including the editors for Java layouts such as GridBag. Jeremy has a B.Sc with First Class honours in Computer Science and Physics from York University.

Paula Ferguson is an editor for O'Reilly; she has edited books on Java, JavaScript, and a number of web-related topics. In her past life, she was a writer for O'Reilly, specializing in X/Motif books. Paula has a B.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she spends her spare time hanging from rocks and running trails with her two tireless Labrador retrievers.

Dan Heller was first involved with the X Window System when he developed some of the first toolkits to use Xt. He has a degree in Computer and Information Sciences form the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has since developed and brought to market many applications that integrate various user-interface styles. He is also the author of O'Reilly & Associates XView Programming Manual.

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