With the new release of Acire just out I wanted to tell you folks a fun little story of an added benefit to Acire that I never envisaged when I came up with the idea for the app.
Yesterday I got an email from someone (I will keep the identify private) saying:
I’m trying to create an application but I can’t seem to find any way to embed a gnome-terminal into my app. I know you’re not offering support but if you have some spare time is there any chance you can point me to the documentation for that?
This happens a lot: someone wants to do something, so they ask for help over email or on another medium such as IRC. Unfortunately, I am usually pretty busy and typically don’t have the time to answer support questions. Before Acire existed I would have at most hunted out some links or possibly just the person to to go and ask on a particular forum or mailing list.
Now Acire exists, I just fired it up, selected Python VTE from the cateogries combo box, clicked on the snippet, and then cut and pasted the code into the email:
#!/usr/bin/env python # [SNIPPET_NAME: Embed a VTE terminal] # [SNIPPET_CATEGORIES: Python VTE] # [SNIPPET_DESCRIPTION: Embed a VTE terminal in your application] try: import gtk except: print >> sys.stderr, "You need to install the python gtk bindings" sys.exit(1) # import vte try: import vte except: error = gtk.MessageDialog (None, gtk.DIALOG_MODAL, gtk.MESSAGE_ERROR, gtk.BUTTONS_OK, 'You need to install python bindings for libvte') error.run() sys.exit (1) if __name__ == '__main__': # create the terminal v = vte.Terminal() v.connect ("child-exited", lambda term: gtk.main_quit()) # fork_command() will run a command, in this case it shows a prompt v.fork_command() # create a window and add the VTE window = gtk.Window() window.add(v) window.connect('delete-event', lambda window, event: gtk.main_quit()) # you need to show the VTE window.show_all() # Finally, run the application gtk.main()
Job done. What made me smile about this was that Acire not only helps me, but it helped me help someone else too. Rocking.