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Waldemar Biernacki
January 3, 2013 07:28
Re: wxPerl past, wxPerl present and wxPerl future.
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My opinion is very similar to that of Sergei's.

I trace the list for few years but use Prima library finally:

1. Prima is very easy installable in Windows and Linux
2. Prima has very good examples,
3. Prima has quite good pdf documantation,
4. and has very perlish style.

The only minus of Prima is that there is only very few people that use it.

I've tried very hard to use wxPerl but:

1. wxPerl sometimes didn't want to be installed,
2. no good examples (If I remember well, there was some demo application which contains examples,
but I coudn't easily extract the valuable subsets),
3. When I decided to build an application using some book rules I didn't find any book/html -
no documantation. Just ad-hoc pieces of advice and a list of the modules - many, many times
without full description.

That's my experience.


Dnia poniedziaƂek, 31 grudnia 2012 o 16:45:00 Steve Cookson napisaƂ(a):
> Hi Guys,
> I've been using wxPerl as my main development tool for the last 4 years.
> During that time my partners and I have developed a medical system for
> endoscopic examinations.  We are currently testing it here in Brazil
> in the largest hospital in Central and South America.  We have high
> hopes and Doctors here are quite enthusiastic about it.
> During this time WxPerl has been a great tool.  Not only it is a
> comprehensive tool in its own right, but also it allows access to all
> the thousands of modules available on cpan, the various support forums
> like Perl Monks and the extensive Perl community out there like Perl
> Mongers and YAPC.
> But I don't see that the wxPerl community is expanding.  I'd like to
> see more new users asking silly questions and learning about the
> possibilities of using wxPerl for their own ends.
> The world of technology is changing fast.  New devices, new languages
> and new tool-kits are being developed such as Android, qt, java and
> objective-c, but none of these is obviously the "killer app" of
> development tools.  Qt seems to be a nice tool, but it's probably not
> so different from wxPerl, objective-c is too platform-specific and
> java imposes too much of a performance overhead.  As an aside did you
> know that VLC, the open-source video player, was originally built in
> wxWidgets?  Sadly it then migrated to Qt.
> In the light of this competition wxWidgets is beginning to position
> itself as a desktop development system rather than a true
> cross-platform tool, which seems to me to be an act of retrenchment.
> Given all of this, I think wxPerl is still a good choice for a new
> system.  I'd like to open a discussion here on how we might breath new
> life into wxPerl and our user base.
> I have some ideas and I'm sure you must do too.  Given an opportunity
> people are quite excited about the idea of contributing to wxPerl:
> there was a lot of cooperative development over adding wxPdfDocument
> to wxPerl and it's a great new feature, you should try it if you
> haven't already.
> During the development of our system, my partners and I have had to
> use number of different technologies and support forums.  Many of
> these are c++ based but still have ten times the subscription rate of
> wxPerl (which in my view is a much easier-to-use tool).
> As an example from my own area of interest, video processing,
> GStreamer has a huge number of users, this month alone Gstreamer-devel
> (
> one of Gstreamer's 8 eight support lists, has had nearly 500 messages
> compared to under 40 in wxPerl.  If we could persuade a small number
> of these that developing in wxPerl was easier than c++, we could
> double our numbers.  But the relevant module, wxMediaCtrl, is not
> flexible enough, we'd have to fix that first.  Ffmpeg, a competitor to
> Gstreamer has a similar number of posts.  And I haven't even
> considered Avconv, a new branch of Ffmpeg.
> And there are other technologies, within database technologies
> Firebird again has 10 times the users of wxPerl but until recently
> there was no good driver available on the Linux/Perl platform.  And
> what about voice recognition?
> Remember how bioinformatics and the human genome project breathed new
> life into the Perl user base.  A winning applications area can
> transform a technology.
> Mark has done a heroic act of maintaining the system and I personally
> owe him a huge debt of gratitude.  Our system would not be where it is
> today without his support.  But we should have two or three
> administrators of Mark's ability and knowledge (and patience, I should
> add).  We are all a bit shy about giving Mark the credit he deserves.
> I'd like to say here and now, that Mark's professionalism and
> thoroughness is a benchmark that I should like to aspire to.
> Let's make 2013 the year that we double or treble our user base.  What
> are your ideas?
> Happy New Year everyone.
> Regards
> Steve

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