[Gambas-user] shell highlighting on non beta gambas

Bruce Steers bsteers4 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 19 00:38:21 CET 2020

haha fair point. :)
And I fully understand my friend but I think you overestimate the public's
ability or desire to get the latest beta on their systems. I don't.
Even the stable version, for a lot if it's not in Synaptic it won't get
I'm thinking of the user not the programmer here. I think most with an
ability to get into gambas programming will also have the ability to
upgrade. But we are not taking into account the average idiot  ;)

That's always been my angle, i want to make programs everyone can use so i
have to make them all compatible with at least 3.12 as that's what ships
out of Debian. and still just 3.14 on Mint.
and stable 3.12 to be brutally honest , is not that stable at all. I think
many , like me, will install it, find a bunch of broken things, and go
straight back to 3.14. (if they cannot or do not want to do all the

for all those who are on their default repo versions I've made a quick fix
(me and my tricks eh ;) )

I have found as a programmer it's a bit awkward using 3.15.90 , mostly
because i will write code that only works on the beta.
I did it yesterday lol , i added a nice web viewer to my editor to preview
markdown files. it worked luuurvley ,
then I suddenly realised (after uploading it) the beta gambas is the only
darn thing it will work with now as gb.gui.webview is new.
So i had to re-edit it and make another version and remove the update.

So that's my pickle me old pickle.
I wish to remain compatible with the versions that are still very much out
there, being used but not being updated/bugfixed
I mean lets face it..  Gambas 3.12.2  on Debian.
that's only 2 revisions and done, move on to a whole new version and leave
Debian in the dark.
I don't know when Debian is going to update and use a newer gambas but it's
odd because a lot of other software on debian updates all the time.
But not Gambas , 3.12 got stopped revising at revision 2 and that's that.

I know you don't have time to mess about with old versions but i do.
so I'm making a revision addition not a version change :)
and like i said, I just want people to be able to use my editor without
having to get into all the complicated upgrading to the beta.

I think it's one of those things I could either hassle you about , or ,
just do something about it myself :)

On Wed, 18 Nov 2020 at 20:01, Benoît Minisini <g4mba5 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Le 18/11/2020 à 20:55, Bruce Steers a écrit :
> > How do you like these apples?
> >
> > I have edited and re-compiled 3 gambas controls on 3 gambas versions to
> > enable shell highlights on older gambas because they're pretty unlikely
> > to be updated by the busy dev team on 3.15.90..
> You usually don't add new features to older versions of a software.
> Otherwise version means nothing.
> --
> Benoît Minisini
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