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Applying Object Orientation to Desktop


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Applying Object Orientation to Desktop

Link:  http://2thinx.net
Downloads:  268
Submitted:  Oct 8 2007
Updated:  Nov 1 2007


The idea is to apply rules how to represent information, which proved good in Object Orientend Programming, to the way we build GUIs.

In fact, this means a repositioning of action buttons and a generalisation of them. This allows the user to control every window according to simple patterns.

For example, we should throw a away the concept of tabs and allow the user to tab the windows themselves to create the perfectly fitting application for his job.

The concept is to allow the user to build the functionality he wants ut of simple and independently acting "objects".

This should make the desktop more intuitive while using an original concept of KDE. (In fact, I thought of that after I saw some demand here to have concepts different from other OS'es)

See the downloadable files for more explanation. See 2thinx.net if you want to read an incredibly long and detailed description of the concepts mentioned here.


I added another example. It demonstrates how multiple views on one object work. This feature could greatly simplify the way we use a web editor for example.

I added an example of a view on a directory. We replace files with objects, which do not only contain data but are capable of changing it on their own as well. (At least it should look this way for the user)
I consider it pretty much a logical reason for using a similar, already existent mockup without losing consistency.

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 Great Idea!

 by menox on: Oct 9 2007
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I like this idea. How will this apply to Gtk applications?

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 Re: Great Idea!

 by CharacterX on: Oct 9 2007
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Thank you.
Of course, I think the best way to integrate external applications would be to rewrite their GUI according to the mentioned design principles. We cant do that for all applications at once, though...

This is where the concept of different views on one object comes in handy. We could integrate an application like GIMP as a special view on image objects. Perhaps the existing libraries can do something about rearranging the GUI elements at least a bit.

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 Re: Great Idea!

 by simz67 on: Oct 15 2007
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how to download it ??

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 by Zeroangel on: Oct 9 2007
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Excuse me but what is updated about this? I mean, why should I revisit the idea again when upon first glance the page looks the same as it did when I viewed it yesterday.

Keep a change log plz.

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 Re: Updated?

 by CharacterX on: Oct 9 2007
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I'm sorry, I overread the auto-checked box to announce it.

I'm gonna keep a log from now, thx.

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 Similar idea

 by jel on: Nov 1 2007
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I've been thinking about an Object Oriented desktop for a while now. I'm pretty sure I heard of it years ago, but just never saw it implemented well. You could go back and read my suggestions for KWord 2 over on the dot for some more on what I'm thinking of. But, I've barely started coding this (really busy), so... nothing much to show yet :( If you want, we might be able to find some common ground and work together on it. Note that I'm planning a quite different UI, though some of your UI ideas are pretty good.

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 Re: Similar idea

 by CharacterX on: Nov 2 2007
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I think it would be great to discuss more ideas for an object oriented desktop (though i did not quite get where to find your kword 2 suggestions, sry).
It would be great if the idea of an object oriented desktop could be developed in a way that it can be appreciated by the community of a big desktop software like KDE (especially as I, too, do not have enough time to start coding something like that myself).

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 Re: Re: Similar idea

 by jel on: Nov 2 2007
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KWord2 suggestions are here:


Ever since writing that though, I've been thinking that the whole desktop could have similar ideas applied. I'll explain more by email :)

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