VB(ish) replacement

Joshua Kugler jkugler at bigfoot.com
Sat Sep 11 09:21:12 CEST 2004


If you are looking to stay close to VB, here are some to look at:

http://hbasic.sourceforge.net/
http://gambas.sourceforge.net/

Or for something completely different:
http://www.naken.cc/vb2c/

http://www.gnome.org/projects/gb/
Gnome basic, now dead.  However, mbas, the Mono Basic *is* alive and well,
and might be what you are looking for: http://www.go-mono.com/mbas.html
(site not accessible at time of post).

I may start a flame war with this, but from what I understand, VB is
actually a distant descendant of Ruby.  So, that might tell you something.

j----- k-----

Dave Boland wrote:

> The other day I was asked if there is an open source replacement for VB6
> that is cross-platform.  I spent a little bit of time at Barnes-Noble
> and looking at news groups, but don't have a good answer.  Hope you can
> help without geting into a language war.  These will be for commercial
> applications with a GUI.
> 
> What they seem to be looking for is:
> 1. High level language, but not necessarly VB compatible.
> 2. OOP
> 3. Reasonalble learning curve
> 4. Cross-platform
> 5. IDE and ability to graphically design windows.
> 6. Distribute programs as .exe's, so some sort of compiler needed.
> 7. Serial communications library (RS-232, 485, USB)
> 8. SNMP library
> 9. Good performance (not expected to be as fast as C/C++)
> 10. Windows are native to each O.S.
> 11. Database support of Access and MySQL
> 
> It looks like any of the three languages have most or all of what they
> need, but I don't use scripting languages enough to give a good answer.
> 
> Dave,




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