Populating the window

In this step, we use a Gtk::Builder instance to associate a Gtk::Builder ui file with our application window class.

Our simple ui file puts a Gtk::HeaderBar on top of a Gtk::Stack widget. The header bar contains a Gtk::StackSwitcher, which is a standalone widget to show a row of 'tabs' for the pages of a Gtk::Stack.

To make use of this file in our application, we revisit our Gtk::ApplicationWindow subclass, and call Gtk::Builder::create_from_resource() and Gtk::Builder::get_widget_derived() from the ExampleAppWindow::create() method to get an instance of our subclassed Gtk::ApplicationWindow. See the Using derived widgets section for more information about get_widget_derived().

You may have noticed that we use the _from_resource() variant of the method that reads the ui file. Now we need to use GLib's resource functionality to include the ui file in the binary. This is commonly done by listing all resources in a .gresource.xml file. This file has to be converted into a C source file that will be compiled and linked into the application together with the other source files. To do so, we use the glib-compile-resources utility:

$ glib-compile-resources --target=resources.c --generate-source exampleapp.gresource.xml
The Gio::Resource and glib-compile-resources section contains more information about resource files.

Our application now looks like this:

Figure 31-2Populating the window

Source Code

File: exampleappwindow.h (For use with gtkmm 3, not gtkmm 2)

#ifndef GTKMM_EXAMPLEAPPWINDOW_H_
#define GTKMM_EXAMPLEAPPWINDOW_H_

#include <gtkmm.h>

class ExampleAppWindow : public Gtk::ApplicationWindow
{
public:
  ExampleAppWindow(BaseObjectType* cobject,
    const Glib::RefPtr<Gtk::Builder>& refBuilder);

  static ExampleAppWindow* create();

  void open_file_view(const Glib::RefPtr<Gio::File>& file);

protected:
  Glib::RefPtr<Gtk::Builder> m_refBuilder;
};

#endif /* GTKMM_EXAMPLEAPPWINDOW_H */

File: exampleapplication.h (For use with gtkmm 3, not gtkmm 2)

#include "../step1/exampleapplication.h"
// Equal to the corresponding file in step1

File: main.cc (For use with gtkmm 3, not gtkmm 2)

#include "../step1/main.cc"
// Equal to the corresponding file in step1

File: exampleapplication.cc (For use with gtkmm 3, not gtkmm 2)

#include "exampleapplication.h"
#include "exampleappwindow.h"
#include <iostream>
#include <exception>

ExampleApplication::ExampleApplication()
: Gtk::Application("org.gtkmm.examples.application", Gio::APPLICATION_HANDLES_OPEN)
{
}

Glib::RefPtr<ExampleApplication> ExampleApplication::create()
{
  return Glib::RefPtr<ExampleApplication>(new ExampleApplication());
}

ExampleAppWindow* ExampleApplication::create_appwindow()
{
  auto appwindow = ExampleAppWindow::create();

  // Make sure that the application runs for as long this window is still open.
  add_window(*appwindow);

  // Gtk::Application::add_window() connects a signal handler to the window's
  // signal_hide(). That handler removes the window from the application.
  // If it's the last window to be removed, the application stops running.
  // Gtk::Window::set_application() does not connect a signal handler, but is
  // otherwise equivalent to Gtk::Application::add_window().

  // Delete the window when it is hidden.
  appwindow->signal_hide().connect(sigc::bind<Gtk::Window*>(sigc::mem_fun(*this,
    &ExampleApplication::on_hide_window), appwindow));

  return appwindow;
}

void ExampleApplication::on_activate()
{
  try
  {
    // The application has been started, so let's show a window.
    auto appwindow = create_appwindow();
    appwindow->present();
  }
  // If create_appwindow() throws an exception (perhaps from Gtk::Builder),
  // no window has been created, no window has been added to the application,
  // and therefore the application will stop running.
  catch (const Glib::Error& ex)
  {
    std::cerr << "ExampleApplication::on_activate(): " << ex.what() << std::endl;
  }
  catch (const std::exception& ex)
  {
    std::cerr << "ExampleApplication::on_activate(): " << ex.what() << std::endl;
  }
}

void ExampleApplication::on_open(const Gio::Application::type_vec_files& files,
  const Glib::ustring& /* hint */)
{
  // The application has been asked to open some files,
  // so let's open a new view for each one.
  ExampleAppWindow* appwindow = nullptr;
  auto windows = get_windows();
  if (windows.size() > 0)
    appwindow = dynamic_cast<ExampleAppWindow*>(windows[0]);

  try
  {
    if (!appwindow)
      appwindow = create_appwindow();

    for (const auto& file : files)
      appwindow->open_file_view(file);

    appwindow->present();
  }
  catch (const Glib::Error& ex)
  {
    std::cerr << "ExampleApplication::on_open(): " << ex.what() << std::endl;
  }
  catch (const std::exception& ex)
  {
    std::cerr << "ExampleApplication::on_open(): " << ex.what() << std::endl;
  }
}

void ExampleApplication::on_hide_window(Gtk::Window* window)
{
  delete window;
}

File: exampleappwindow.cc (For use with gtkmm 3, not gtkmm 2)

#include "exampleappwindow.h"
#include <stdexcept>

ExampleAppWindow::ExampleAppWindow(BaseObjectType* cobject,
  const Glib::RefPtr<Gtk::Builder>& refBuilder)
: Gtk::ApplicationWindow(cobject),
  m_refBuilder(refBuilder)
{
}

//static
ExampleAppWindow* ExampleAppWindow::create()
{
  // Load the Builder file and instantiate its widgets.
  auto refBuilder = Gtk::Builder::create_from_resource("/org/gtkmm/exampleapp/window.ui");

  ExampleAppWindow* window = nullptr;
  refBuilder->get_widget_derived("app_window", window);
  if (!window)
    throw std::runtime_error("No \"app_window\" object in window.ui");

  return window;
}

void ExampleAppWindow::open_file_view(const Glib::RefPtr<Gio::File>& /* file */)
{
}

File: exampleapp.gresource.xml (For use with gtkmm 3, not gtkmm 2)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<gresources>
  <gresource prefix="/org/gtkmm/exampleapp">
    <file preprocess="xml-stripblanks">window.ui</file>
  </gresource>
</gresources>

File: window.ui (For use with gtkmm 3, not gtkmm 2)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<interface>
  <!-- interface-requires gtk+ 3.8 -->
  <object class="GtkApplicationWindow" id="app_window">
    <property name="title" translatable="yes">Example Application</property>
    <property name="default-width">600</property>
    <property name="default-height">400</property>
    <child>
      <object class="GtkBox" id="content_box">
        <property name="visible">True</property>
        <property name="orientation">vertical</property>
        <child>
          <object class="GtkHeaderBar" id="header">
            <property name="visible">True</property>
            <child type="title">
              <object class="GtkStackSwitcher" id="tabs">
                <property name="visible">True</property>
                <property name="stack">stack</property>
              </object>
            </child>
          </object>
        </child>
        <child>
          <object class="GtkStack" id="stack">
            <property name="visible">True</property>
          </object>
        </child>
      </object>
    </child>
  </object>
</interface>