[ubuntu-za] GUI programming in Ubuntu
jonathan at vhata.net
Mon May 12 12:19:35 BST 2008
On 12 May 2008, at 1:14 PM, Alf Stockton wrote:
> By whose definition is it "an awful language" and surely if the tool
> works why not use it.
There are a number of well known problems with the language - lack of
namespacing, strange type-checking (the need to invent the "==="
operator should have been a warning sign), inconsistent function
naming, and so on, are all problems that a programmer should not have
to deal with.
Combining these problems with the fact that the language was designed
(albeit badly) to preprocess HTML (PHP originally stood for "PHP:
Hypertext Preprocessor"), and not to create graphical client
applications, means that a programmer is going to have a harder time
using it for that purpose than he would if he made a wiser choice of
Saying "if the tool works, why not use it" is short-sighted. The
obvious answer is "because there are other tools which will work much
better, and with much less effort".
I'd like to add my recommendation for Python and GTK to those that
have gone before.
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