End of Life and GDPR

If you're reading the community site these days, you certainly noticed that not a single piece of significant content was created since 2015, and not much since 2013.

Whatever this may mean for PHP-GTK itself is another issue, but for the site itself, it means it ceased to be relevant about 5 years ago, and it's time to move on for the site members. Since the site contains non-anonymous user, it will fall under the new EU GDPR regulations entering into force on 2018-05-25, and there is no point for me to spend time on evolving the site towards compliance when no one is actually using it.

So here is the EOL announcement: the site will be shutting down on 2018-05-24 and its data will taken offline.

A static version of the articles may be published again at some point here or elsewhere, but I wouldn't hold my breath on it. So if you have even some interest in the site content, be sure to copy/paste the pages of interest before it goes dark on 2018-05-24. Or contact me if you want a copy of the files and content, or check my blog for newer content.

Thanks all for participating, it's been a pleasure while it lasted.


Simulating wait loops

How to use a loop, for you might want to make an IRC client :)

I had trouble finding this out, so here it is. If you want to manage a network connection (i.e. an IRC connection) you need a while (1) {} loop.

This cannot be done in PHP-GTK, because of the gtk::main() function. So, there is the gtk::timeout_add($time, $function) that executes a function every $time milliseconds. This solves our problem.


Your function must return TRUE else it will not be called again. Return FALSE to cancel the timeout.