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Vala Programming

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Vala is a new programming language that aims to bring modern programming language features to GNOME developers without imposing any additional runtime requirements or different Application Binary Intefaces (ABIs) compared to applications and libraries written in C.

This book aims to be a complete guide to learning how to program in Vala. While it is aimed primarily at new users of the language, it is also intended to be useful for experienced Vala programmers and as a comprehensive reference.

IntroductionEdit

History

History. Language Features. Why Vala? Caveats

Programming Style

Coding conventions.

Getting Started

Getting Vala. First app (helloworld.vala). Explanation. Running the Code.

ConceptsEdit

Basic

Files. Namespaces.

Objects

Introduction To Object Oriented Programming (OOP). Classes.

Variables

Short description of the chapter.

Memory Management

Short description of the chapter.

Error Handling

Short description of the chapter.

Introduction to DBus

Short description of the chapter.

SyntaxEdit

Projects and Files

Short description of the chapter.

Types

Short description of the chapter.

Variables

Variables. Scope.

Expressions

Short description of the chapter.

Statements

Short description of the chapter.

Classes

Short description of the chapter.

LibrariesEdit

Vala Core Libraries

Short description of the chapter.

External Libraries

Short description of the chapter.

TechniquesEdit

Advanced TopicsEdit

Vala InternalsEdit

ResourcesEdit