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Old 10-26-2004, 03:18 PM   #1
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Gambas or Something Else?

I have always wanted to get more involved with programming in a compiled language, rather than just web development utilizing scripting languages. I have touched a little bit with perl and php (enough to get by on) and know HTML by the back of my hand.

I have recently been pondering on what language to learn, whether to get truely involved with PHP, or go with something else. I have taken three courses in C++, but I can't say I enjoyed it much. With just learning about Gambas (/.), I like the idea of it being like Visual Basic, but for Linux. Does anybody have any success stories, or other suggestions the newbies starting to program in the Linux environment?

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Old 10-27-2004, 07:57 AM   #2
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It sounds like you're wanting to start developing apps with a GUI, instead of just text based scripts for web backend applications. Gambas is worth looking into -- I read the same /. story as you; however, since you're already familiar with Perl, I would look into wxWidgets. Here's a synopsis from their site:
wxWidgets gives you a single, easy-to-use API for writing GUI applications on multiple platforms. Link with the appropriate library for your platform (Windows/Unix/Mac, others coming shortly) and compiler (almost any popular C++ compiler), and your application will adopt the look and feel appropriate to that platform. On top of great GUI functionality, wxWidgets gives you: online help, network programming, streams, clipboard and drag and drop, multithreading, image loading and saving in a variety of popular formats, database support, HTML viewing and printing, and much much more.
With that, you would use wxPerl as a wrapper for the wxWidgets C++ GUI toolkit. So, using standard Perl code and that library, you can be popping out "hello world" that looks like this, instead:


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