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Wed Oct 12 15:30:44 CEST 2005
Rob Kudla wrote:
>On Tue October 11 2005 14:40, Scott Castaline wrote:
>>It's been many years since I've done any kind of programming, my
>>tech background is predominately been hardware. I am wondering if
>>anyone can point me in the right direction for tutorial material or
>>text books on BASIC, that would be relevant and current to GAMBAS.
>Linux Format (a UK-based desktop-oriented Linux magazine, sadly quite
>expensive when bought here in the US) is doing a monthly BASIC column
>now using Gambas. They jumped right in with their first issue with a
>little database browser application. Unfortunately, that's the only
>tutorial I know of at present apart from some small and
>badly-outdated ones on the Gambas wiki. There's at least one
>textbook that sounds like it's near completion, but it may be a
>little while before you can buy one commercially.
>However, if you haven't done any programming in anything that looks
>like Gambas, you may be able to use Visual Basic tutorials to at
>least point you in the right direction. Gambas is probably closer to
>VB.net than VB6 or earlier, but I personally find it far less
>annoying than either incarnation of VB. A good grasp of
>object-oriented programming will also be a huge help to you with
>Gambas, since it's much more object-centric than VB is (but less than
>But it's only been 9 months since Gambas 1.0 was first released, and
>developer tools tend to either have to be heavily adopted or come
>from a company called Microsoft to get Dummies(tm) books in their
>first year. I think before too long Gambas will start getting a lot
>more attention, especially if version 2.0 somehow ends up working
>under Windows without Cygwin.
>On a side note, on the same trip to the bookstore (Barnes and Noble)
>on which I discovered the Linux Format BASIC column, I was wandering
>by the computer section and noticed that the Linux stuff has been
>moved out of the bottom rows of the developer section to a section by
>itself with all the Dummies books and desktop-oriented books on the
>top shelf at eye level. Having just read earlier that day that Linux
>was failing to meet analysts' 2001 predictions for desktop market
>share, it was a nice confirmation that people are interested in
>Linux, and not just to run their web servers: bookstores don't put
>obscure hackers' toys on prominent display.
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Thanks for the response. Any personal suggestions on book
titles/authors? There appears to be so many but as I've found in the
past only a few are usually worth anything.
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