Linked by Joost van der Sluis on Mon 10th Sep 2007 16:03 UTC
General Development Recently, Free Pascal (FPC) version 2.2.0 was released. This open source Pascal compiler has - since its initial release in 1993 - grown to be one of the most sophisticated open source compilers available today. Daily, more programmers discover FPC and develop their applications in Object Pascal. Specifically, the development of Lazarus has contributed to this phenomenon: Lazarus is a graphical open source IDE for FPC, with an extensive tool kit to design graphical (GUI) applications.
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RE[4]: Lazarus
by FooBarWidget on Tue 11th Sep 2007 18:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Lazarus"
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I didn't say all. I said most. And which distribution today doesn't support automatic dependency resolution? If I type 'apt-get install gtk2' then APT will automatically install whatever extra dependencies it has. Even FreeBSD's ports supports auto-installing dependencies.

I dare to say that if people refuse to install GTK in order to use your app, then your app is not worth installing anyway. Likewise, if a good app is written in QT, and I need that app, then I will make sure I have QT. I don't care about the GNOME/KDE "war". Even commercial apps like VMWare and BitRock Installer depend on GTK2 and they don't seem to be losing customers because of that.

Sure, there are hardcore geeks out there that absolutely to refuse GTK/QT (note that I didn't say GNOME/KDE) or other "bloat" because they're running a Pentium 300 with 64 MB RAM (or just because of irrational elitism), but those people consist of, like, 1% of the market. I'd gladly trade that market share with the amount of development time I save by using a good GUI toolkit.
It's a good thing to care about users and to minimize dependencies, but at some point there will be a point of diminishing returns. And I believe anything below GTK2/QT lies past that point.

"Distro's are normally behind compared to the latest GTK2 version available, so your applications will have a hell of a time trying to run if it was designed with the latest GTK2."

But what does that have to do with you, the developer? Just don't use the most recent GTK APIs and stick to the subset of APIs that were introduced in GTK 2.4 or something. The GTK API docs specifically mention the version where an API is introduced.

Edited 2007-09-11 18:42

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