Linked by Daniel Campos Fernández on Thu 11th Nov 2004 20:44 UTC
General Development For a few years, I've been working in the real world, I mean the enterprise world, sorry. In every company I've worked for, they offered me the opportunity to learn a lot of new things, or at least that's what they always said in the first meeting before sending me to be just another company programmer. But in fact I've learned some very important things, just not about programming. I had to learn about these things on my own, about the needs of a real company in the real world.
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Gambas is needed!
by r_a_trip on Fri 12th Nov 2004 12:26 UTC

Gambas looks like a neat little package. I've looked in to it briefly around the 0.93 stages, but it was prone to crashing back then. Due to the lack of comprehensive offline documentation and relatively little time I didn't get to look at it further.

Back then I allready thought this had potential to get big. It can fill a void that has been glaring in GNU/Linux for ages. "Normal" people don't have tools to make little programs that do the job on GNU/Linux. Ofcourse their is the KDE Kommander project, but it is heavily bounded to the KDE environment. Gambas is a separate environment with good interfacing to the outside world.

Before I hear our fellow GNU/Linux hackers scream, no, this won't be a tool for performing the black arts of high programming. It doesn't need to be.

Most people have a rough understanding of what they would like a computer to do and a large percentage of that group is willing to whip something up if it was easy enough. What that group is not willing to do is learning how to program in C, C++, C#, Java and muck about with toolchains.

Gambas allows for writing powerful little tools with minimal efforts. When it can interface with more toolkits, we could see a significant rise in enduser applications. It would be what GNU/Linux is desperately needing. The basic plumbing of GNU/Linux is ready, but now the top layer needs to be finished. An easy environment like Gambas could provide for the means to make the Desktop space broadly usable.

When they can get around to get Sams or O'Reilly to publish the "Programming with Gambas 1.0" I can see this tool become a mainstay on every average GNU/Linux desktop.