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Introduction to Tix Object Oriented Programming 

Tix comes with a simple object oriented programming (OOP) framework, the Tix Intrinsics, for writing mega-widgets. The Tix Intrinsics is not a general purpose OOP system and it does not support some features found in general purpose OOP systems such as [incr Tcl]. However, the Tix Intrinsics is specially designed for writing mega-widgets. It provides a simple and efficient interface for creating mega-widgets so that you can avoid the complexity and overheads of the general purpose OOP extensions to Tcl.

The hard thing about programming with mega-widgets is to make sure that each instance you create can handle its own activities. Events must be directed to the right widget, procedures must act on data that is internal to that widget, and users should be able to change the options associated with the widget. For instance, we'll show an arrow widget that needs to know what direction it's pointing; this requires each instance of the widget to have its own variable.

Furthermore, each widget should respond properly to changes requested by the application programmer during the program's run. The whole reason people use Tcl/Tk is because they can alter things on the fly.

The advantage of an object-oriented programming system is that you can easily associate a widget with its own data and procedures (methods). This chapter shows how to do that, and how to configure data both at the time the widget is initialized and later during the program.