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Re: Other languages? (Was Re: Congratulations Luna developers!)


You can find non Vala applications at the software center, you can sell applications written in "whatever" language as long as they run properly.

It is just that you application won't benefit of the Elementary + Granite + Vala ecosystem. It will probably look ugly and less appealing to your potential customers.

On Aug 21, 2013, at 11:14 PM, Jakob Eriksson <jakob@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 2013-08-21 22:59, A. "Xylon" V. wrote:
>> The thing about vala is that its simple enough to learn, but is still very
>> powerful and is extremely fast. The best thing is that it was made for Gtk,
>> which is perfect for elementary.
>> More languages would mean that we wouldn't have unity across the
>> applications - I do however, think that this would attract developers,
>> especially since vala does not have very good tutorials, or books.
> That is an understatement. Not having support for other languages is
> sort of insane.
> Scenario:
> I am a developer. I develop an application for Windows and, against
> commercial reason, make a Linux version of it too. It's coded in a mix
> of C++ and Python.
> I think Elementary is just fantastic, so just out of love I want to make
> my Linux app an Elementary version. I read the HIG and love it.
> Then I go to http://elementaryos.org/docs/code on the FIRST page I read:
> "If you're not familiar with Vala, we highly encourage you to brush up
> on it before coming here."
> Sorry say what? No, not going to happen. I can't redo my app in Vala,
> even if I wanted to, because that means I can't run it on Windows. (Or
> OSX, or iOS.)
> The dev page should read something like "for Elementary core apps we use
> Vala as a programming language. If you want to create your own
> Elementary apps, we encourage you to try out Vala, which is a fantastic
> language. If you want to use another language, that's fine too. Here are
> example Hello World Elementary apps written in C++, Objective C, Python
> and Ruby."
> --jakob
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