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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by kaiwai on Sun 27th Nov 2005 06:24 UTC
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But has anyone had a look at Objective-C as a viable Object Orientated replacement for GNOME?

I mean, its alot more high profile, Apple has done a tone of work to get Objective C working well, its a well documented language, it has the nicities of C and C++ without all the ugliness and better still, its similar enough to both as to allow an easy transition from C to the new platform/language.

Personally, I'd love to see C# and .NET to take off, but there is still the uneasy feeling surrounding Microsoft and their unwillingness to say, "the WHOLE .NET Framework, including Indigo will be kosher and we won't sue any third party implementations of it" and sign a legally binding declaration.

But like I said, Objective-C has potential to be a replacement for C++ and C; its sad, however, it won't happen - because I could see GNOME's future with Objective-C, coupled with a really good GTK drag and drop IDE - it would provide a great tool for companies to create products with minimum fuss and lower costs for the GNOME platform - any platform that has GNOME as a desktop.

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