On Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 1:13 PM, Christoph Wickert <christoph.wickert@googlemail.com> wrote:
Am Dienstag, den 18.10.2011, 13:00 +0800 schrieb PCMan:
>
> So actually I'm considering the possibility of using C++ in PCManFM.
> Implement some new features with C++ will be much easier than doing it
> with pure C.
> With C++, the development can be more rapid

Hi,

frankly speaking I think one of the things that LXDE needs most for
rapid development is consistency. We cannot rewrite everything all time,
we need to finish and release it at some point. This being said I'd like
to strongly encourage you to not change anything but finish PCManFM 1.0
first. It is a great program and deserves a release.

When developing smaller applications, the problems of C/GObject is not that apparent.
However, when the scale of the whole program becomes larger and larger, it soon becomes very painful for developers to work with.
For long-term development, "more productive development tools"are absolutely needed.
Doing something in C/GObject may take hours, but it could be finished in minutes with C++ or others.
C/GObject thing is hard to write, hard to read, hard to maintain, and hard to debug.
It requires the programmers do the job of C++ compilers manually in C language.
Developing with it is quite slow, time-consuming, and error-prone. It's just a pain to work with.
For limited man power, a more productive development tool, if used correctly, can help a lot.
I'll do some experiment with Vala first since it's totally compatible with GObject.
If it works well, I'll consider using C++ since it can do things in a real OO way, and handles very low level things as well.

> and we can utilize many nice existing libs.
Such as?
Boost, google-url, ... and all other C libs are still available as well.
Besides, some code in KDE code base can be used if not bound to Qt.

Regards,
Christoph



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