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8.1 Initialization

If necessary you can run code just before or just after your interface's windows are displayed on screen.

You can do this by defining a :before or :after method on the generic function interface-display. Your method will run just before or just after your interface is displayed on screen. For example:

(defun make-text (self createdp)
  (multiple-value-bind (s m h dd mm yy)
      (decode-universal-time (get-universal-time))
    (format nil "Window ~S ~:[displayed~;created~] at ~2,'0D:~2,'0D:~2,'0D" 
            self createdp h m s)))
(capi:define-interface dd () () (:panes (dp capi:display-pane)))
(defmethod capi:interface-display :before ((self dd))
  (with-slots (dp) self
    (setf (capi:display-pane-text dp)
          (make-text self t))))
(capi:contain (make-instance 'dd))

Sometimes initialization code can be put in the create-callback of your interface, though adding it in suitable methods for initialize-instance or interface-display is usually better.

CAPI User Guide (Unix version) - 30 Aug 2011