Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 26th Nov 2005 17:02 UTC, submitted by Megatux
Gnome "I followed the debate about a successor for the C/C++ combination as the primary language for developing the GNOME core desktop platform very closely last month. There has been discussion about a number of options. What I would like to do on this page is give an overview how a probably less well-known language might be a viable compromise as a C/C++ successor. This language is called Eiffel and exists for over a decade. Eiffel takes the principle of Object-Oriented programming to its extremes and, as a consequence, is a very easy to learn language."
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My 2 cents on this long thread
by Anonymous on Sun 27th Nov 2005 05:46 UTC
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I wouldn't like to read a thread such as this every day, but it was some time since I read the last...

First, some people think that somehow "open source developers" are any different from "commercial developers" or "egotistical companies". I mean, each one of us has his own interests. The commercial developers sound eager to be able to develop applications using the open source developers tools, which need to improve. Is that right?

Second, I disagree with most of you when you think you need a system level language like Java, C++, Eifell (?), C#, to develop your programs. Because second on your list is powerful tools on top of your "preferred" languages which make it easier to read and write the generated code. I believe application developers need a higher abstraction which is compatible and consistent with other tools, so they can reuse code and knowledge more easily, without depending on tools support.

I believe the holy grail is an API for application development on top of the basic APIs. Both need to be accessible and easy to extend and modify, so you can better adapt them to your needs if by default they aren't enough.

If my theory is correct, and I can make enough money for me, maybe in the future I will have the time to release my tools which support Linux and Windows, Web (CGI, Wiki, a Web Framework) and Desktop (Fox, wxWidgets, GTK+, several databases, and will support several report outputs (like HTML, PDF, TXT).

I believe in components above all! :-)

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