What's the job situation for X and motif? - Motif

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  1. What's the job situation for X and motif?

    Hello,

    I am trying to get a general idea about the job market
    for X/motif programmers; no offense implied or intended.

    1. Who hires X/motif folks?

    2. Is this a unique/difficult skill not undertaken by the
    faint-of-heart?

    3. Is this a field of software development you would
    recommend to a high school grad? If not, what would
    you recommend?



    Best Regards,
    -REB

  2. Re: What's the job situation for X and motif?

    RedEyeBlind wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > I am trying to get a general idea about the job market
    > for X/motif programmers; no offense implied or intended.
    >
    > 1. Who hires X/motif folks?
    >


    Commercial software on the Unix platform has always been a pretty small
    niche. A couple that I can think of are Pro/ENIGNEER and Maya. The Unix
    version of Realplayer is (or at least used to be) Motif. Acrobat Reader
    switched to GTK after version 5. Probably the most widely used Motif
    software ever would be Netscape Navigator, but the Mozilla project
    switched to GTK in 1998.

    However there are a lot of organizations using Motif for their in-house
    stuff. For example most (if not all) of the UI software at the New York
    Stock Exchange is Motif. Fred Kleinschmidt could probably say a few
    words about how much Motif is used at Boeing.


    > 2. Is this a unique/difficult skill not undertaken by the
    > faint-of-heart?
    >


    Using the tookit itself is easy. Subclassing from it is not easy. But
    if you have to subclass a bunch of custom widgets to get your program
    to do what you want, you should probably be using a different toolkit
    anyway.

    But if you're going to write your program in C++ you should use a
    wrapper library, like wxwidgets or Viewkit. Well, probably not Viewkit.
    Too bad, since Viewkit is a simply outstanding piece of software.

    > 3. Is this a field of software development you would
    > recommend to a high school grad? If not, what would
    > you recommend?
    >


    Cross platform widget sets like Qt or wxwidgets are better.
    Or whatever widget set the Java folks are using. It used to be SWT, but
    now it's Swing? Or is it the other way around? I don't know because I
    can't stand Java...

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