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EDE development

These pages are starting point for developing various EDE parts, including using edelib library. This is also a good place for future contributors.


EDE main development language is C++ and the GUI toolkit is FLTK. Because FLTK does not provide needed requirements for one desktop environment, EDE comes with own additional library called edelib. You can see edelib as kdelib for KDE, but much much smaller one :)

If you ever used FLTK before, you already know the large part or EDE and edelib design as they resembles much of FLTK approach. If not, development with FLTK is extremely simple. Starting points you can find at FLTK Basics and full documentation with details at FLTK Programming Manual.

edelib API documentation is located at edelib API reference link.

Getting started with edelib

  • EdelibBasics shows how to create and compile simple application using FLTK and edelib.
  • HandlingEvents shows how to react when something happens (e.g. button was pressed).
  • BasicEdeApplication shows how to integrate your program with EDE tree.
  • StoringApplicationSettings shows how to save and read application preferences.
  • EdelibLogging shows how to use logging functions and how to write custom logger backend.
  • EdelibScript describes edelib-script, a small scripting language that comes with edelib and EDE.

Getting started with EDE components