reflex VS gi-gtk-declarative

Compare reflex vs gi-gtk-declarative and see what are their differences.

reflex

Interactive programs without callbacks or side-effects. Functional Reactive Programming (FRP) uses composable events and time-varying values to describe interactive systems as pure functions. Just like other pure functional code, functional reactive code is easier to get right on the first try, maintain, and reuse. (by reflex-frp)
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reflex gi-gtk-declarative
17 5
1,058 284
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4.1 2.7
7 days ago 5 months ago
Haskell Haskell
BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License Mozilla Public License 2.0
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reflex

Posts with mentions or reviews of reflex. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-12-08.
  • On inheritance and why it's good Rust doesn't have it
    5 projects | /r/rust | 8 Dec 2023
    There's other people around here who would like to know your opinion about these GUI frameworks! I haven't written a GUI in Rust personally, but my favorite GUI framework is not at all OOP: https://reflex-frp.org/
  • Reflex – Web apps in pure Python
    9 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 2 Aug 2023
    Not to be confused with Reflex, allowing web apps in pure Haskell: https://reflex-frp.org/
  • Interactive animations
    11 projects | /r/haskell | 6 May 2023
    FRP solutions sound very attractive. But reflex seems to be stuck on the outdated GHCJS, and I haven't been able to get it to build. The newer JS output in GHC doesn't yet have DOM support. And even if I used one of those, figuring out how to interact with a LaTeX renderer might be tricky.
  • The Quest for the Ultimate GUI Framework
    4 projects | /r/programming | 22 Apr 2023
    I only have experience using Reflex, which I regard as the main contender for FRP UI libraries in the Haskell sphere. It's got a flashy website, but I think the documentation is a bit disorganized -- it took a long time for me to figure out how to get going with the library (you find some pieces of knowledge scattered here and there, if you look hard enough). My plan was to learn it well enough to onboard other people, but I don't think I could convince anyone who hasn't already decided that they're gonna make UIs in Haskell no matter the required effort.
  • Reflex FRP
    1 project | /r/cryptogeum | 23 Jan 2023
  • Simple GHC stack for a novice
    6 projects | /r/haskell | 17 Oct 2022
    Once someone has spent a bunch of time with Haskell and sees the value, they will find Nix if it makes sense. Maybe they'll want to play with https://reflex-frp.org, or they'll discover they want a better way to package 3rd-party dependencies, or they start using NixOS and want to nix all the things, etc. etc. Or, maybe they'll never find a use for it, and that's okay.
  • Building on iPad
    1 project | /r/haskell | 6 Oct 2022
    Reflex natively supports iOS, along with Android, desktop and web. I would recommend it for functional reactive programming in Haskell: https://reflex-frp.org
  • Functional Reactive Programming
    9 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 16 Aug 2022
  • HTML5 Ubuntu App with native component?
    1 project | /r/pinephone | 26 Mar 2022
    It's been awhile since I've tried to get into Ubuntu Touch/Linux mobile development in earnest. I'm currently working on an app using the reflex framework that I hope to eventually target Android, iOS, Desktop, and Linux Mobile.
  • Event driven programming in haskell
    1 project | /r/haskell | 22 Feb 2022
    If you're talking about the current Elm approach, I'm not sure. Otherwise, the paper I linked to notes some of the FRP libraries that existed at the time, some of which are still supported today (like reactive-banana), and otherwise I'd suggest looking at reflex, mentioned in the first post in this thread. I don't think it existed at the time the Elm paper came out.

gi-gtk-declarative

Posts with mentions or reviews of gi-gtk-declarative. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-11-25.
  • Is Haskell capable of this?
    8 projects | /r/haskell | 25 Nov 2021
    Have a look at https://reflex-frp.org/, or https://owickstrom.github.io/gi-gtk-declarative/, they are an interesting and different way of working with UI in a non imperative way.
  • [ANN] Monomer, a GUI library for Haskell
    11 projects | /r/haskell | 9 Aug 2021
    What are the main differences to and advantages over gi-gtk-declarative?
  • Apply git patch to package listed in extra-deps in stack build
    2 projects | /r/haskell | 2 Jan 2021
    Yeah, if you are interested enough to check out my PR at gi-gtk-declarative (https://github.com/owickstrom/gi-gtk-declarative/pull/90), then you will see how much I bent over backwards to avoid laying the foundations for an ormolu/fourmolu-like situation. Although, given that the project appears to be the only maintained declarative gui library in Haskell, I think the single-point-of-failure needs to be addressed.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing reflex and gi-gtk-declarative you can also consider the following projects:

sodium - Sodium - Functional Reactive Programming (FRP) Library for multiple languages

monomer - An easy to use, cross platform, GUI library for writing Haskell applications.

Elm - Compiler for Elm, a functional language for reliable webapps.

nanovg - Antialiased 2D vector drawing library on top of OpenGL for UI and visualizations.

dunai - Classic FRP, Arrowized FRP, Reactive Programming, and Stream Programming, all via Monadic Stream Functions

static-haskell-nix - easily build most Haskell programs into fully static Linux executables

reflex-dom - Web applications without callbacks or side-effects. Reflex-DOM brings the power of functional reactive programming (FRP) to the web. Build HTML and other Document Object Model (DOM) data with a pure functional interface.

Skia - Skia is a complete 2D graphic library for drawing Text, Geometries, and Images.

purescript - A strongly-typed language that compiles to JavaScript

egui - egui: an easy-to-use immediate mode GUI in Rust that runs on both web and native

rhine - Haskell Functional Reactive Programming framework with type-level clocks

MetalNanoVG - The Metal port of NanoVG.

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