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[REBOL] Windows GUI apps: Rebol/SDK vs. Visual C++ 2003

From: jjmmes::yahoo::es at: 24-Jan-2003 13:59

Hi, I am considering writing some Windows GUI apps for profit and would like to get input from you on which platform is best for the job. My initial comparison is based on 1.- ease of development 2.- licensing and components 3.- reliability and performance 1.- I am a mostly scripting developer who has recently started learning C++ . To my astonishment, I found that for Core tasks, C++ & STL is not really that difficult but my interest is in the GUI side so I should really be comparing Visual C++ (which I haven't used before) to View and the SDK. This is where your input would be great ! I have not signed up for the SDK (although was thinking about it a lot) so I do not have all the info to be fair to Rebol/SDK. For the other 2 comparisons I find that the new Visual C++ beats Rebol/View and the SDK. A summary of my reasoning is included below. 2.- C++ compiler sells for $109 vs SDK for $249 (I think I won't need to be part of MSDN because there is plenty of info available in the web). The most important point is that there are no strings attached to C++ apps that I build vs Rebol cumbersome licensing ($500 + 10% of sales above $5000) Components: the 2003 C++ includes a forms designer with all the std widgets (trees, ..). Although you could have something like this in Rebol/SDK, I haven't seen it ! I assume using the components is more work in C++ but at least the basic ones are available and with no licensing. Third party components: I like Rebol's PDF/Maker but licensing and future development are not clear. Really don't like having to pay for third party quality components but there is very little Windows quality stuff in the public domain and GNU doesn't cut it (because you can not sell a traditional product with it). 3.- Based on my experience, I tend to build more quality code when it's compiled (vs interpreted) and the performance is normally better (when compiled) although I do not think this is a big issue on today's client machines. I see many of you are focusing on Rebol Windows GUI apps (James Marsden's IDE, 3flex, Ashley's apps, RFM, ..) and would like to understand what is the best choice and why did you choose Rebol/SDK (especially in for profit projects). Thanks and regards, Jose ___________________________________________________ Yahoo! Móviles Personaliza tu móvil con tu logo y melodía favorito en