8 Nov 2003 sisob   » (Master)

Programming Languages

I know that "every progamming language sucks, each in it's own special way". But I have to say that since I've been learning about object orientation in java it's struck me how UGLY object orientation is in C. Appart from anything else C/Gtk+ is just really hard to read, which to me is a signifigant barrier to entry to hacking.

I was delighted recently to discover how similar C# is to Java. I mean check out gtk#'s hello world, it's just sexy:

<code>
	using Gtk;
	using GtkSharp;
	using System;

	class Hello {

		static void Main()
		{
			Application.Init ();

    			Button btn = new Button ("Hello World");
    			btn.Clicked += new EventHandler (hello);

			Window window = new Window ("helloworld");
			window.DeleteEvent += new DeleteEventHandler (delete_event);
			window.Add (btn);
			window.ShowAll ();

			Application.Run ();
    		}


		static void delete_event (object obj, DeleteEventArgs args)
		{
			    Application.Quit ();
		}

		static void hello (object obj, EventArgs args)
		{
			Console.WriteLine("Hello World");
			Application.Quit ();
		}
	}
</code>

That was taken from the mono handbook. There are some hideous C/Gtk+ hello worlds online too. I always knew I hated trying to hack C/Gtk+, but now I know that there is something better.

I should be a pretty decent Java coder by the end of this (college) year, maybe I'll pickup some C# coding this summer if I'm not working. F-Spot looks very promising and would be great if combined with Original for web publishing, and a Gnome scanning program.


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