* decent RAD compiler & IDE.
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Yes, I know GCC/nasm/nmake et al are out there, and they are all very good for what they were designed for. Unfortunately, crossplatform, embedded systems and esoteric processor support are fine things, and GCC does a great job. But as someone coming from a Win32 background, the transition is *painful*. I used to use make files, command line compilers etc when I was writing for DOS 3.3. Every single IDE I have ever used under Linux is frankly of lower quality than even the POS that is VC++
I'm not saying that the tools available for Linux are poorly written; far from it. But the design goal for them all does not seem to have included much targeted at entry level. It's fine if you're a mad k-rad 1337 c0d3r, but if you want a quick dabble then you're in for some fun & games.
This is important, because if the entry level is easy, then you'll get more developers getting into it. More developers for a given environment means the TCO of that environment drops, and has additional stability - easy to find other programmers if you break your current ones.
By decent IDE, I want one that delivers RAD front end DB apps. This is the meat and drink of the software industry, and this is where Linux distros needs to be targeted. It's one thing being able to get your OS for free; not being able to bang out quick and dirty DB apps will cost you in the long run.
I really had high hopes for Kylix, until today when the review on K5 was less than glowing. Borland's Delphi and C++ Builder just *rock* - nice and easy to write noddy DB apps, and it doesn't get in your way if you want to get down to the bare metal. Kylix, I thought, was the tool that would push Linux further into mainstream. Guess I'll be waiting for 2.0 then...
Strong data typing is for weak minds.
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