[futurebasic] Re: [FB] FB Baggage?

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From: Brian Stevens <bstevens33@...>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 22:06:56 -0700
On Jan 29, 2008, at 5:46 PM, Christopher Wyatt wrote:

> Thinking "out loud" here.
> Editing the language reference for the Wiki, I am wondering about  
> some of the keywords and language conventions. Sometimes, things  
> just simply seem "weird" to me. I can't quite explain it. For  
> example, if the language is now only for OS X,
The language is only for OS X when compiling via FBtoC. Otherwise, it  
is still possible to compile for OS 8/9. The vision for Editor  
integration would allow the programmer to compile with either the FB  
compiler or the FBtoC translator.

> Is there going to be a chance to revise the language at all? If you  
> want non-FB users (like myself) to migrate from other tools, some  
> of the syntax could be updated. Old syntax could be converted,  
> after a time. Since everything is getting converted to C at some  
> point, it isn't quite as bad as updating a hand-tuned compiler.
Good points. The reference manual does need an overhaul to reflect  
what FBtoC does/does not support. A combination reference manual  
would undoubtedly be helpful on many levels.

> Just trying to think through how to appeal to those of us living  
> with VB and RB, but pondering other tools.

Many of the FBers (and now C users thanks to FBtoC) are folks who  
prefer a powerful procedural language instead of O-O languages like  
RB and Objective C. At least for me that is the major appeal. RB code  
does not impress me as elegant, efficient and concise like FB and C  
can be if written well. If not for the cross-platform feature I  
wouldn't consider RB at all.

Brian S.