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RE[3]: himanshu
by nt_jerkface on Mon 27th Sep 2010 23:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: himanshu"
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XP "holdouts" might well be very encouraged that Firefox 4 and probably Google Chrome will work with GPU acceleration on XP.


Some certainly will but MS is also sending a strong message which is that they are moving away from XP.

A lot of software developers might come to realise that if they target Qt for the GUI and system interfaces, and write their applications in C++, D, Python or even Java or Google Go, then they can target not only Win 7 and Vista users, but also XP users, Mac OSX users and Linux users.


Not that simple because of existing skill sets, productivity rates and features specific to .net.

No IDE is up to par with Visual Studio and there are additional benefits to working exclusively with .net.

Qt still has issues with OSX that need to be resolved but in a few years I think it will provide some good competition.

Alternatively, one might soon be able to write cross-platform DX10/DX11 games due to a state tracker for DX10/DX11 becoming available for use with Gallium3D drivers on linux.

Are you really suggesting an alternative that doesn't exist yet?


If one simply avoids .NET, and instead uses cross-platform frameworks, these days one can write great cross-platform applications and hence be in a position to sell one's software to a much wider market than just Win 7 and Vista.

Sounds good in theory but you underestimate the amount of work required to target multiple operating systems. There is no "write once, run anywhere" framework but Qt is getting there.

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