Lacking Natural Simplicity

Random musings on books, code, and tabletop games.

GtkAda and Recent Reading


The GtkAda folks have released a new version of GtkAda for Gtk+-2.2 and it includes an easily installed binary release. It looks to me like the easiest way to get started writing cross-platform Gtk+ programs is to install GNAT 3.15p and GNATWIN then install the new GtkAda release. Reasonably complete examples are included in the distribution.

Recent Reading

  • The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin. I was very glad to see that there were still Earthsea tales that LeGuin wanted to tell. Both of these books are quite good.

  • A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer. This is a very entertaining Ruritanian fantasy in an alternate world with a touch of magic. I've enjoyed her other works as well: The Serpent's Egg, When the King Comes Home, and Sorcery and Cecelia (co-written with Patricia C. Wrede). I haven't read River Rats yet, though.

  • The Haunted Monastery, a Chinese Detective Story, by Robert van Gulik. An enjoyable Judge Dee mystery.

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