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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John Nilsson
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2005-07-06

You're kind of talking about what I was thinking.

There is a need for separation, the FLOSS desktop needs a language/(or other development tool) that can do for the desktop what javascript once did for the web.

A tool that lets millions of clueless developers copy and paste code to get "cool" effekts and try out ideas. This is how you recruit and train the next generation. And this is where those odd projects that changes the world will start.

My first program was a short qbasic compilation that printed random noise on the screen, with the flashing text "Virus!" somewhere in the middle. How do you do the equivalent on a modern desktop system?

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I am not feeling like sharing how I do it right now, because it's a simple example, and many programming languages could do it in a simple way, but most wouldn't be able to do it on Windows and on Linux and on the Web with the same code. Also, when it comes to database forms and stuff like that, that's when you really need to support 90% of the developers.

But I am on the same page as you. For example, QT and GTK+ with the same program? All I need to do is to add the wrapper for QT. Maybe in the future I'll add support for QT. And maybe one day someone could add support for Cocoa. :-)

Components are king. You just need to know the interface. The rest should be hidden from you until you need it.

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Temcat Member since:
2005-10-18

For example, QT and GTK+ with the same program?

Gambas v.2 (a Basic version for Unix) will do that. You'll be able to use GTK+ or Qt GUI frontends at your choice.

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