IntroductionwxWidgets was written in 1992 by Julian Smart. He developed the library to help developers create applications that are portable across different platforms like Unix and Windows. Now wxWidgets has grown popular with so many developers contributing to this amazing library and adding their own features to it.
As you may already know that writing a simple console application in almost any programming language can be a nightmare for most of the average coders out there. So, creating a GUI application can become next to impossible to them. So, it is always a good idea to use a graphics library developed for that programming language to be used. What this library does is that it has all the common graphics APIs for different platforms pre-written in it. All that you need to do is to call the methods (functions) and use them with the syntax that is specified by wxWidgets.
When using wxWidgets you don't have to worry about machine-level details and how each pixel in the window is drawn on the screen. All these low-level things are done for you. You just need to think about the logic of the application and how to implement it. There are many reasons why wxWidgets should be used instead of other graphics libraries. One of the reasons is that it is now a popular library and there are lots of tutorials and documentation, there are also a lot of contributors in the community who are ready to help users with difficulty.
Now let us take a look at some of the features of wxWidgets.
Who uses wxWidgets?If you are serious about creating an important project, you should definitely check out who are using the tools that you intend to use. So, I am going to let you know which organizations are using wxWidgets and also which popular software applications are developed using wxWidgets. It has been used by tech companies to creating leading-edge chips, to control pilotless aircraft, to drill for oil, and to test components of space telescopes. Some of the popular organizations who depend on wxWidgets are AOL, AMD, Lockheed Martin, Xerox, NASA and more.
Some popular applications developed using wxWidgets include AVG AntiVirus, Audacity – an amazing free audio editing tool, Filezilla – a file sharing software, iPodder and more. So, if you are planning to get started with wxWidgets or switch to it from other libraries you should definitely do it. wxWidgets has lately moved to Git from Subversion and you can access their repository from their Github page.
ConclusionwxWidgets is an amazing graphics library for those of you who need to write software that has the native look and feel of the platform and also has great performance. A large number of APIs are present in this application and you can learn all of them from the help file provided by them. There is also an ebook called Cross-Platform GUI Programming With wxWidgets by Julian Smart and Kevin Hock which is also a great resource to get advanced knowledge about the library. So, if you are a developer, I would highly recommend you to check wxWidgets out. Happy coding.