XLIB Programming Manual, Rel. 5, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: June 1994
Pages: 821

Covering X11 Release 5, the Xlib Programming Manual is a complete guide to programming the X library (Xlib), the lowest level of programming interface to X. It includes introductions to internationalization, device-independent color, font service, and scalable fonts.

Includes chapters on:

  • X Window System concepts
  • A simple client application
  • Window attributes
  • The graphics context
  • Graphics in practice
  • Color
  • Events
  • Interclient communication
  • Internationalization
  • The Resource Manager
  • A complete client application
  • Window management

This manual is a companion to Volume 2, Xlib Reference Manual.

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Volume 1: Xlib Programming Manual Review

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Comments about oreilly XLIB Programming Manual, Rel. 5, 3rd Edition:

I wasn't going to write a review, but I noticed that the previous reviewer insisted that the code examples don't work on X11R6. I can assure that although this might have been the case at one time, it's no longer true - I'm reading through the book, typing out all of the code examples on my Linux workstation which is running XFree86 4.3.0 and so far all of the code examples have worked exactly as advertised.

I am inclined to agree that some indicator as to which lines changed between one example and the next would be nice, but I wouldn't go so far as to say this series sucks eggs. I'm actually enjoying the book (I'm six chapters in), but I'm learning X because I'm curious, not because I honestly think I'll ever do any significant programming in it (I mean, honestly, who really uses X at the Xlib level?)

 
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Comments about oreilly XLIB Programming Manual, Rel. 5, 3rd Edition:

This is the book everyone should have, if they have any hopes to do something useful with the XLib. But you have to practice a lot, don't use the samples of the book and write your own. Once you have read book, you always will need it besides your computer. And the people that says that this it a bad book are plain wrong. This book is excellent, what really is awful is the X Window System, but if you have to program with it, you need this one.

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