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Creating GUI **Without** Using Microsoft API

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I want to create a custom GUI for my application, that does *NOT* use anything tied to Microsoft ( libraries, redistributables, frame works, e.t.c. ). It's mainly an issue of copyright and compatibility problems.

I have looked on Google for quite some time for the answer, but have found nothing relevant.

Any help on finding this information would be greatly appreciated - thanks. Edited by Shippou
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Which programming laguage(s) are you using?

How heavy-duty will this GUI be? Will it just be some forms, lists, buttons or do you need to implement your own specific controls?

Qt is good choice. I personally prefer Gtk+. WxWidgets is also free cross-platform widget set.

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I agree with Bregma that the OP needs to be clearer. You can't write a program for Windows that does " *NOT* use anything tied to Microsoft" ... Meaning, even if you develop to Qt using Qt Creator etc. if you build for windows when you run the windows executable CreateWindow(...) is going to get called somewhere, just not by your code. 

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Totally true. Even if you had zero GUI, and were using pure vanilla standard C++, compiled with a non-Microsoft compiler, your program would still (in most cases) be using Microsoft's C++ runtime. smile.png

Even MinGW uses Microsoft's C++ runtime. 

"It's mainly an issue of copyright and compatibility problems."

Microsoft doesn't own your code if you use Win32 - what copyright issues are you referring to?

For compatibility issues, or more specifically, for cross-platform code, I recommend Qt. If you're not talking about cross-platform compatibility, then I agree with the others that more clarity is needed for your question to be answered.

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Another pertinent question is are you using any libraries such as Allegro, SFML or SDL as there are GUI addons for those as well that might be easier to integrate with your projects than QT, etc.

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As has been stated you literally cannot use a GUI without interfacing with Microsoft code somehow. As far as I'm aware you can't actually make a running Window without calling the win32 methods for it -somewhere- and everything that does wraps that at some point.

 

I don't know whether to take the OP as a serious copyright question or someone being pessimistically anti-microsoft or something, I honestly had a bit of a laugh when I initially read that.

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