[ILUG] Linux API
John P. Looney
jplooney-ilug at online.ie
Mon Jan 31 13:22:02 GMT 2000
On Mon, Jan 31, 2000 at 03:08:15AM -0800, Vinayak Risbud mentioned:
> Can anybody tell me, is there any API (Application Programming Interface)
> for Linux ? (As we have WIN32 API for Windows)
> If yes , is there any Documentation/Tutorial for it ? Please tell me
Because Linux wasn't made by a single organisation, but tens of thousands
of people in small groups, there is no one single API.
The "core" API would be the GNU C Library, which you can download here:
The source code package contains the C library manual pages. Last count,
there were about 80 languages actively developed/supported on Linux, and
each has it's own API, but most provide hooks to all the basic
functionality that the GNU C library provides (string handling,
networking, file I/O etc).
For visual development, there is a great choice of APIs. The most common
are "Motif" (availible for commerical unixen, see http://www.lesstif.org
for details), GTK for generic programming (http://www.gtk.org), and Qt
(http://www.troll.no), which seems to be the favourite of C++ programmers.
There seems to be about 20 availible currently. Both GTK and Qt also work
on Windows, if you intend porting to windows eventually.
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