Generic Graphical User Interfaces

  • Peter Achten
  • Marko van Eekelen
  • Rinus Plasmeijer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3145)


It is important to be able to program GUI applications in a fast and easy manner. Current GUI tools for creating visually attractive applications offer limited functionality. In this paper we introduce a new, easy to use method to program GUI applications in a pure functional language such as Clean or Generic Haskell. The method we use is a refined version of the model-view paradigm.

The basic component in our approach is the Graphical Editor Component (GEC τ ) that can contain any value of any flat data type τ and that can be freely used to display and edit its value. GEC τ s can depend on others, but also on themselves. They can even be mutually dependent. With these components we can construct a flexible, reusable and customizable editor. For the realization of the components we had to invent a new generic implementation technique for interactive applications.


Functional Programming Functional Language Data Constructor Visual Editor Receiver Object 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Achten
    • 1
  • Marko van Eekelen
    • 1
  • Rinus Plasmeijer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Software TechnologyUniversity of NijmegenThe Netherlands

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