Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Feb 2013 18:41 UTC
Gnome "At the GNOME Developer Experience Hackfest in Brussels, the GNOME developer community has tackled the problem of specifying a canonical development language for writing applications for the GNOME desktop. According to a blog post by Collabora engineer and GNOME developer Travis Reitter, members of the GNOME team are often asked what tools should be used when writing an application for the desktop environment and, up until now, there has been no definitive answer. The team has now apparently decided to standardise on JavaScript for user-facing applications while still recommending C as the language to write system libraries in." Discuss.
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Not far enough
by pooo on Mon 4th Feb 2013 19:48 UTC
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This is good news! Standardizing around a dynamic language will yield great improvements and increase developer involvement (hopefully).

But you still need to go further and just adopt HTML/CSS as the markup for defining UI. The existing gnome stuff is just shite. Really bad and old. HTML/CSS kills it in every way. Someone mentioned QML but why use QML? HTML/CSS is superior, more people know it so more developers will get involved.

If you want desktop consistency, provide templates, default css, and drop in widgets (as now, but in HTML/CSS).

Developing in gnome currently sucks. I would never consider making a gnome desktop app. I would always make a standalone node app with a web interface because it is just so much easier, robust, and strangely, FASTER.

It blows my mind how slow so many simple gnome features are, like starting up the settings. WTF?

Edited 2013-02-04 19:49 UTC

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