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Re: Perl Desktop Applications

by boo_radley (Parson)
on May 08, 2002 at 05:14 UTC ( #164913=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Perl Desktop Applications

I still haven't managed to do that, chromatic, and I've been busting hump to learn wx. Reigning opinion dictates that Visual Basic and Lotus Notes be used for such applications. I have a small dream of throwing down the code gauntlet and doing a time trial for some application, but it's never going to happen at work...

I have a chunk of a wx newsreader, but due to some issues with fork and wx, it's in limbo.

Most of the other things I've developed in wx apps have been to help me quickly code other things, or as wx tutorials. So far, there's been little cause or reason to develop a commercially viable perl program in Windows because

  1. VC++ is much faster and more tightly bound to the OS.
  2. Visual basic offers impressive RAD that perl can't always match in terms of gui development (caveats : GUILoft, wxDesigner, but I don't think they measure up yet), along with Delphi and the other 'smaller' gui-oriented languages that have stayed the course.
  3. Your clients will get your source code! Your efforts will be for naught once a client has, and can alter and distribute on his own, the code you worked so hard to market and develop. (caveat : perlexe, however, there are reports that perlexe doesn't work well with wx apps.)
This might be similar to other development cycles in perl, though. I don't know a lot of history when it comes to perl, but it's always been adapting to someone that didn't like the way it did something. Maybe in time, there will be a good GUI-development-oriented IDE (think VB) for perl. I think that there will need to be, in order for perl to be competitive in this particular arena.

I could carp about wxWindow's lack of perl documentation and idioms, but that's another speech for another time :-)


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Re: Re: Perl Desktop Applications
by cowens (Beadle) on May 08, 2002 at 16:53 UTC
    Visual basic offers impressive RAD that perl can't always match in terms of gui development (caveats : GUILoft, wxDesigner, but I don't think they measure up yet), along with Delphi and the other 'smaller' gui-oriented languages that have stayed the course.
    Have you tried glade (the Gtk/Gnome gui builder) + Gtk::GladeXML? I have found it to be very nice with the benefit that the interface description files produced by glade can be used by any number of languages.

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