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Re: FOSDEM 2011 devroom application - will GAP and QuantumSTEP / mySTEP

From: Riccardo Mottola
Subject: Re: FOSDEM 2011 devroom application - will GAP and QuantumSTEP / mySTEP participate?
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2010 21:42:16 +0200
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Hi Lars,
- GAP - the GNUstep Application Project

The GNUstep Application Project provides a comprehensive set of administration and user level tools to make using GNUstep based environments a very pleasant experience. Part of the charter of this project is not only to write new tools, but also to port existing NeXTSTEP/OPENSTEP/Cocoa applications to GNUstep as well.

GAP will try to be present! However since I am its only member in old Europe, it lies on me! I am still unsure if I can make it to Brussels in 2011, both time-wise and economically.
I will try my best and for the time being, count GAP in.

I offer myself also for a talk, but the topics should be discussed. I did not partecipate in 2010, so some topics of 2009 could be digged out, updated and reissued.

- teach interested developers how to write cross platform applications or port Cocoa applications to Linux BSD and Windows using GNUstep

Approved. Since GAP harbors several example of Applications shared between Cocoa, GNUstep and some even Windows, they could be taken as example points for different problems (or even 100% port).
- share news about the latest development and plans on GNUstep

Although they won't reach any stable state, I think some flash updates about SWK, Theming and the Windows theme could be given. All those topics touch GAP too, so again, a talk could be interesting.
- code sprints, hacking, discussing

That's always good :)
--> also mostly copy paste from last year's application. but then again, we didn't change our topics and goals, didn't we?

No, we didn't. We can also reach the year back, 2009. I bet most people won't remember every detail of our speeches, but it is good to show some progress, in any case.

Objective-C, the principal language of GNUstep, is currently the fastest growing programming language according to http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html

Always a good selling point. If you learn it on GNUstep, you may reuse it on Mac or on the iPhone.
GNUstep has the pivotal role of offering a free implementation of the Objective-C de-facto framework-standard "OpenStep" (now Cocoa). It enables thereby free and open source application and framework development while maintaining compatibility to recognized industrial solutions.

GNUstep is a good match for FOSDEM since the target audience of GNUstep are developers who want to develop cross platform (Unix, Windows, Mac) GUI or server side applications or command line tools using state of the art object oriented Frameworks.



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