Introduction to Vala Programming (The Book + Code Samples)


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Introduction to Vala Programming

About the Book

This book is an introduction into the Vala programming language. Targeted at people with basic programming experience in any imperative programming language, you will learn about syntax, semantics, and idioms. Starting from Hello World up to graphical user interfaces using GTK+, covering DBus interprocess communication, network programming, Linux specifics, and more. Learn how to leverage external libraries and enhance Vala by writing bindings to new libraries.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Lauer
Dr. Michael Lauer

Dr. Michael 'Mickey' Lauer is a freelance software architect and author living in Neu-Isenburg, Germany. He is a free software enthusiast who enjoys solving problems with mobile and distributed systems. Learn more on his personal website.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Why Vala?
    • A brief take on history
    • A personal note
    • Audience
    • Overview
    • Typographical Conventions
    • Source code
    • ChangeLog
    • About the author
  • Getting Started
    • Installing
    • Hello World
    • Hello Object-World
    • Hello GUI-World
    • Summary
  • Syntax & Semantics
    • Basic Rules
    • The Type System
    • Operators
    • Control Flow
    • Methods
    • Attributes
    • Memory Management
    • Structured Error Handling
    • Method Contracts
    • Summary
  • Object Oriented Programming
    • Concepts
    • Classes
    • Interfaces
    • OOP and the Type System
    • Generics
    • Classes vs. Structures
    • Summary
  • Networking
    • Sockets
    • Example: NTP Client
    • JSON
    • Example: JSON Parser
    • GIO
    • Example: HTTP Client with GIO
    • libsoup
    • Example: HTTP Client with libsoup
    • Summary
  • UI programming with GTK+
    • Event-Driven Systems
    • GTK+
    • Example: Streaming Radio Client
    • Summary
  • DBus
    • Introduction
    • DBus in Vala
    • Example: DBus Server
    • Example: DBus Client
    • Summary
  • Linux
    • Introduction
    • Linux.vapi
    • File Notification
    • Example: inotifyWatcher
    • Summary
  • External Libraries
    • Bindings
    • Example: Binding libxmp
    • Example: Binding a GObject-based library
    • Example: Using libgusb
    • Summary
  • Epilogue
    • Congratulations
    • Contribute
    • Closing
  • Notes

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