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Re: The Path of GNUstep (Was: Re: Gnustep + mac + windows? Possib le?)

From: Eric Dahlman
Subject: Re: The Path of GNUstep (Was: Re: Gnustep + mac + windows? Possib le?)
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 14:12:05 -0500

On Monday, September 23, 2002, at 01:31 PM, Pete French wrote:

i'm sure i'll get caught in the hellish blaze that is likely to ensue, but i have to agree with tim on this one. yes, cross-platform apps/tools/etc. are nice & nifty, but how many people are concerned about getting GNUstep apps running on Windows compared to, say, the number of people requesting some
sort of nifty theme mechanism?

...though which is more useful ?

Themes are pointless window dressing. No point in it looking good if it
doesnt run the code. Cross platform abilities is our best Unique Selling Point
really. Not only is it a fantastic ddevelopment environment but you
can write once and then deploy on UNIX / Linux / OSX / Windows.

As one those developers you could target let me say that the cross platform possibilities are the reason I came to ask the question that started the thread which has morphed into this thread. In the project I am working on we have supported Macs because that is our historic user base, windows because it was mandated and Unix because we wanted to. Now I am going the whole cocoa route in my day job and it would be great if I could cary that experience over to using GNUStep,

As a relatively bright programmer who has worked in several different environments I can say that Objective-C and OpenStep are different enough that it requires significant effort to wrap one's brain around it. As a community you need to provide a way to get in new blood, schools and industry are not creating new NeXTStep programmers, to my mind poaching programmers from Aqua/Cocoa is your only hope.

I think that you should also look into providing support for all of the trendy eye-candy that you can. Look at Sawfish I was amazed at the number of people who tried to learn lisp because they wanted to tweak that window manager, the sole motivation was eye candy.

Just my $0.02,


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