MSDN Magazine Article on XML-Based GUIs

Tuesday October 22nd, 2002

Jacob pointed us towards an interesting Microsoft MSDN Magazine article on using XML to create user interfaces. In the tutorial, Paul DiLascia describes how to "develop an XML-based GUI language parser for .NET that lets you code resources, menus, toolbars, and status bars in XML instead of with procedural code." It introduces new XML elements, including <toolbar>, <button> and <menuitem>. Sound familiar? We thought so.

To be fair, DiLascia, who doesn't work for Microsoft, does acknowledge the influence of XUL, though he states, somewhat bizarrely, that it was developed by the "Java language folks". You can download the MotLib.NET C# class library for use in your own .NET applications but note that Microsoft restrictions prevent you from using it in open-source projects.

#15 Re: Re: Not licensed to open source?

by turi

Wednesday October 23rd, 2002 1:02 AM

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Yes, it's neither an OSI nor an FSF compliant license. But the term "open source" itself isn't defined solely by the OSI. In a legal text like a license you'd have to be very clear about what you mean. The license here is extremely unclear and just says "open source". It's source is partly open which opens the door to a lot of legalistic possibilities.

But it's nonetheless noteworthy that a company like Microsoft tries ot build a community like the free software community without giving it the necessary freedoms.