Recommended Linux App Prg environment??
philh at comuno.freeserve.co.uk
Mon Jan 28 23:40:37 CET 2002
On Mon, 28 Jan 2002 14:41:54 -0500, Mike Hammock <mhammoc at ibm.net> wrote:
>This looks like a good place to ask a question that will probably cause
>a bit of 'discussion'.
>What is the "best" Application programming environment (IDE) for general
>Linux application programming?? I realize "best" is very relative,
>so let me give some some factors to consider:
>- Programs will be reasonably simple, with probably a couple of user
> panels (GUI) and possibly communicate with another system via TCP/IP
> (No major DB functions expected to be required).
>- No Heavy graphical or audio requirements (not a 'game' type app)
>- Don't anticipate any need for Web access or delivery.
>- "Visual" development would be nice, but not necessary.
>- KDE or Gnome target
Python is pretty good for what you are looking for, if blinding speed
isn't necessary. (If it is necessary, choose C or C++).
Python has GTK and KDE support, as well as other widget sets such as
Tk and wxWindows.
Python also has extensive libraries for sockets and other aspects of
>- My Background:
> - Have programmed (system and Apps) on mainframes and PCs using
> Fortran, COBOL, PL/1, Assembler (several machines), Pascal, C,
> REXX, BASIC (normal and Visual) and APL (long time ago).
> (I've looked at/played with C++ and Java, but I think I'm getting
> too old to get into OO).
If you want to do GUI programming, you pretty much have yto learn OO
to some extent. KDE apps are written natively in C++, and there are
ports to other OO languages like Python.
GTK is written in C, but in a way that uses lots of OO concepts.
> - I'm getting pretty good at learning new languages/tools, but the
> less new
> 'stuff' I have to learn, the better.
If you want stuff you are familiar with, C is very important language
for Linux and Unix systems.
>- Free or inexpensive would be nice, but willing to pay for productivity
> if a tool/system really delivers it.
The stuff you can get for free is good quality, so I see little point
in paying for it.
>So, what do you think?? What what should I be looking at??
I personally use Python for pretty much everything, it's my default
language these days.
<http://www.python.org/> for details.
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