Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th May 2011 21:14 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Qt Since Nokia announced its switch to Windows Phone 7, people have been worried about the future of Qt. Well, it turns out Nokia is still going full steam ahead with Qt, since it has just announced the plans for Qt 5. Some major changes are afoot code and functionality-wise, but the biggest change is that Qt 5 will be developed out in the open from day one (unlike Qt 4). There will be no distinction between a Nokia developer or third party developer.
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RE[6]: Comment by ephracis
by ggeldenhuys on Tue 10th May 2011 11:44 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by ephracis"
ggeldenhuys
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2006-11-13

Better to program in any language but C#.


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I would stay far away from Mono. It's a lawsuit waiting to happen. Most of the useful classes and other things in Mono are all patented by Microsoft.

An alternative option I would happily recommend, is the Object Pascal language via the Free Pascal (FPC) compiler. FPC supports a lot of platforms (10+) including mobile ones, and is 32-bit and 64-bit enabled. The language is damn easy to learn and full Object Oriented Programming support is included (it is NOT the Pascal language from the 80's!). FPC also has excellent documentation, loads of bindings to various libraries out of the box, and a huge FCL library (free pascal non-visual component library for a myriad of things).

There are also many GUI toolkits to choose from as well.

Lazarus LCL, which includes a very capable IDE too with a visual forms design, integrated debugging, and excellent editor etc. LCL uses native widgets from each platform and supports Mac, Windows, Linux, Windows CE etc.

Then there is fpGUI Toolkit, which is a 100% custom drawn toolkit, if you want the exact same look and behaviour on all platforms. It supports Windows, Linux, Mac, Windows CE and Embedded Linux.

There is also MSEgui which also includes it's own IDE, which is also 100% custom drawn. Supporting Windows and Linux.

We have used FPC for over 8 years in a commercial environment (moving away from Delphi) and our products run under Windows, Linux and Mac with great success!

http://www.freepascal.org
http://www.lazarus.freepascal.org
http://fpgui.sourceforge.net
http://www.msegui.org

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