Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Google Basic or GB

Anyone reading my previous post about Google developing a cross platform application development language will appreciate this additional thought:

Google should develop Google Basic or GB for application development. It should be platform independent and have a rich IDE including easy to easy GUI development. The ease of use of VB.net should be considered.

Although many developers discount VB as a "true" programming language, it is arguably the easiest to learn, fastest to develop and would be the most popular "general purpose" language for Google Basic.

Currently Linux is a very popular o/s but novice devlopers struggle to find an easy way to fully utilize the system because of the lack of an easy development platform.

In typical Google fashion, the GB development could even take place on-line with the compiled version downloaded to the client PC.

The best scenario would include Google developing a new virtual machine like java that would be open source. In fact GB could simply be a front end for java with the easier language and development of Basic.

There was even an attempt at this by SUN called Project Semplice but it was short lived

Monday, November 26, 2007

Google Compiler

I have read a lot about the speculation of Google developing their own operating system. This, to date, has just been rumor.

I frankly see more benefit in Google developing their own compiler and IDE. If they are truly going to make their mark in the corporate world, it isn't from a Google O/S nor is it with Google Apps. They need a way to get developers to use their development suite.

It should have the ease of use of VB but be a true cross platform app. Mono is an attempt at this but falls terrible short. And it is, bottom-line, a way to utilize a Microsoft product on Linux.

I am not anti-Microsoft but am pro-open source. I have benefited a lot from open source and from Linux. Unfortunately there is no easy way for a beginner to develop apps on Linux.

Let's face it, the Microsoft Visual Studio products are VERY well done from the user level. I can have someone developing a simple VB app in minutes. There is just nothing out there to compare with the ease of use of this development suite. But it is make for Microsoft products.

Python is a very easy language to get started with and grow with but there are no easy GUI development tools. There needs to be tight integration like in the Visual Studio.

If Google REALLY wants to get into Microsoft's pocket, it is by developing a product that is as cross-platform as c++ or java with the ease of use as the Visual Studio suite.

Then see how fast Corporate America runs to Google for their other services.

See my next blog post about Google Basic, or GB!