A “Hello World” like example for GTK-VNC in Perl, Python and JavaScript

Posted: November 4th, 2011 | Filed under: Coding Tips, Fedora, Gtk-Vnc, Virt Tools | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I have written before about what a great benefit GObject Introspection is, by removing the need to write dynamic language bindings for C libraries. When I ported GTK-VNC to optionally build with GTK3, I did not bother to update the previous manually created Python binding. Instead application developers are now instructed to use GObject Introspection if they ever want to use GTK-VNC from non-C languages. As a nice demo of the capabilities I have written the bare minimum “Hello World” like example for GTK-VNC in Perl, Python and JavaScript. The only significant difference between these examples is syntax for actually importing a particular library. The Perl binding is the most verbose for importing libraries, which is a surprise, since Perl is normally a very concise language. Hopefully they will invent a more concise syntax for importing soon.

Perl “hello world” VNC client


use Gtk3 -init;
Glib::Object::Introspection->setup(basename => 'GtkVnc', version => '2.0', package => 'GtkVnc');
Glib::Object::Introspection->setup(basename => 'GVnc', version => '1.0', package => 'GVnc');


my $win = Gtk3::Window->new ('toplevel');
my $dpy = GtkVnc::Display->new();

$win->set_title("GTK-VNC with Perl");
$dpy->open_host("localhost", "5900");

Python “hello world” VNC client


from gi.repository import Gtk;
from gi.repository import GVnc;
from gi.repository import GtkVnc;


win = Gtk.Window()
dpy = GtkVnc.Display()

win.set_title("GTK-VNC with Python")
dpy.open_host("localhost", "5900")

JavaScript “hello world” VNC client


const Vnc = imports.gi.GtkVnc;
const GVnc = imports.gi.GVnc;
const Gtk = imports.gi.Gtk;

Gtk.init(0, null);

var win = new Gtk.Window();
var dpy = new Vnc.Display();

win.set_title("GTK-VNC with JavaScript");
dpy.open_host("localhost", "5900");