[ubuntu-uk] Multi Platform Development

Phil Bull philbull at gmail.com
Wed May 30 22:32:59 BST 2007

Hi Ian,

On Wed, 2007-05-30 at 21:43 +0100, Ian Pascoe wrote:
> Hi Folks
> Since leaving school many moons ago, where I originally learnt Basic, I have
> since moved onto Visual Basic and most recently .NET - all self taught.  As
> the MONO project appears to be concentrating on C style programming, I was
> wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a VB IDE that can be used on
> both Linux and MS that won't be too dis-similar in feel in the way that it
> works on either OS..

I was pretty happy with Gambas [1] as a VB substitute. It doesn't really
run on Windows, however...

As an alternative, why not learn Python [2]? It's pretty easy to get to
grips with, there are lots of online resources and its very well
supported on Ubuntu and even Windows. I also find it nicer to program in
than VB - it's not quite as simple, but it has lots of nice features.

Creating GUIs is a bit more difficult, but with PyGTK [3], Glade and a
bit of practise, you can create useful programs in no-time.



[1] - http://gambas.sourceforge.net/
[2] - http://tinyurl.com/3c9vml
[3] - http://www.pygtk.org/

Phil Bull

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