You are a software engineer and want to expand your general knowledge in computing science? Strictly speaking your main interest focuses the topic of widget toolkit and accordingly widget library? Then you should have a look at this following article within the website www.opendwg.org which deals with the subject matters concerning software libraries as well as different application areas and tools. Just take some time and read through each single paragraph which will comprehensively inform you about widget toolkit, widget library or rather GUI toolkit.
First of all we want to explain the exact significance of a so-called widget toolkit and/or widget library. Strictly speaking a widget toolkit or widget library represents a number of different widgets that serve as an important medium when it comes to the development of specific applications with GUIs, which are also known under the name of graphical user interfaces. The toolkit itself is a collection of standardized single tools which turn out to be basic modules for continuous further use. Consequently it is not necessary to build and design them again from scratch. In this context it can also be said that a toolkit or library is generally developed for a windowing system, window manager or so-called operating system for which it may offer a wide range of different programs including an API – also known under the name of application programming interface. A so-called application programming interface makes it possible to make use of a widget toolkit or widget library which strictly speaking turns out to be a collection of several and different kinds of widgets.
Widgets appear within the so-called graphical user interface of a personal computer. This means that widgets are always visible and prove to be very essential when it comes to the general user-computer-interaction. Furthermore it has to be mentioned that widgets within a whole widget toolkit exist in a great number of different types and for very special as well as distinctive uses and purposes: For instance by means of a financial widget it is possible to keep continuously track of amongst others interest rates, investments, credit card e-statements or rather credit card invoices as well as fixed-term deposits, which is also known under the German expression of Festgeld. Because of the fact that a widget appears as an always visible application in the context of a computer’s interface, data and information that are presented by the widget itself can be perfectly triggered and observed. This fact refers to all kinds of widgets – also including software, desktop and web widgets such as amongst others weather report widgets, flight arrival information widgets, clock widgets, event countdown widgets and many others more.
Concerning both the look and design of widgets there exist two different possibilities: On the one hand there are widgets which turn out to be hard-coded within the whole toolkit itself, on the other hand there are also widgets that can easily be themed – for instance by using a so-called widget toolkit API that enables the user to change both design and colors of the respective widget.