[futurebasic] Re: [FB] FB Baggage?

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From: Paul Bruneau <paul_bruneau@...>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 10:11:33 -0500
On Jan 30, 2008, at 12:45 AM, Christopher Wyatt wrote:

> On Jan 29, 2008, at 11:06 PM, Brian Stevens wrote:
>
>>> 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.
>
> When I moved to the Mac in 2001 or so, RB was pretty much the only  
> tool I found that seemed familiar. Objective-C just wasn't even  
> close to what I knew. (I think Apple should have found a way to  
> keep supporting Pascal directly.)
>
> I'm not much of a fan of RB, as my posts on the RB mailing list  
> reveal. I actually prefer Delphi, but PowerBASIC  is still a tool I  
> use when procedural code is ideal. (Anyone not familiar with  
> PowerBASIC -- it seriously flies due to the hand-optimized  
> compiler. No DLLs. No bloat.)
>
> I wish people didn't imagine OO was a magical elixir. Procedural  
> code is often faster, tighter, and better for many problems.
>
> FutureBASIC looks promising. I hope my participation with docs and  
> database issues helps in the long term.

Christopher, I think there is going to be a lot in FB for you to  
like. I have used it to create several very nice procedural  
applications for my workplace over the last 10 years and it has never  
one time let me down.

But now I have sipped the magical elixir of Cocoa and so my FB  
programming has been reduced. But I will always love FB, its amazing  
producers, and the fine community of fellow programmers.