Building A KWin Window Manager With JavaScript
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 2 January 2012 at 06:23 AM EST. Add A Comment
There's new JavaScript bindings and QML support for KDE's KWin compositing window manager, which make it possible to build new custom window managers now using JavaScript.

Martin Gräßlin has written about the JavaScript and QML support being part of his focus for KWin in 2012. "This is a technology which will allow our users to build their own custom window manager giving even greater power to our static window rules as before. It will also reduce our maintenance need when major parts of our UI can be transitioned to either QML or JavaScript."

Martin has already merged this preliminary work into master for what will eventually be part of the KDE 4.9 stack in six months more months. (KDE 4.8 is nearly ready for release and due out later this month.)

"So what’s next? I am currently with the progress quite satisfied with the work done so far on scripting and will now concentrate on two other areas first: getting my unmerged kickoff-qml and screenlocker branch into master. Both require still a little bit of work. After that scripting and QML get my number one priority again."

Read more on his blog.

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