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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Lay People
by chris319 on Fri 12th Nov 2004 20:54 UTC

Lay people are never going to be able to program their own solutions.

That statement is right up there with "640KB of memory should be enough for anyone". Thousands of amateur programmers have been hacking together useful (to themselves and others) programs with BASICA, GWBASIC and QuickBASIC since the PC was introduced 22 years ago. Read the comments here and you will find that a lot of people are responding enthusiastically to this announcement. "Find a need and fill it" as the saying goes. IMO there is a need for entry-level programming tools for Linux and BASIC fills the bill quite nicely. There is also great irony in the fact that this is starting out as a Linux program and people are saying they want to see it ported to Windows. It's usually the other way around.

There is a commercial Windows program called Liberty BASIC and supposedly a Linux version is on the horizon. Gambas could put a crimp in the Linux version of Liberty BASIC.

To those who complain that Gambas doesn't have every bell and whistle that VB has, consider that VB is made by a huge multi-billion-dollar corporation with a team of paid programmers working on it. Gambas looks to be the undertaking of one guy working in his spare time while holding down a regular, paying job the rest of the time so you can't expect it to have all the bells and whistles of VB on the first release.