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  • A couple of ?s from a PB/DLL rookie


    I'm still in the midst of learning how to write Win32 apps with PB/DLL 6, and noted down a couple of things:

    1. Is an OOP-version of PB/DLL scheduled in the near future? After working with OOP-capable languages like Perl, Python, or VB, it's a bit fo a pain to go back to regular structured languages

    2. Is a book in the works? The online help or its PDF equivalent are more of a reference than a user's guide. I did read books from Petzold or Appleman years ago, but it'd be nice to come up with a real book on PB/DLL

    3. Why is PB/DLL still predominently marketed as a DLL generator for VB when so many people are tired of bloatware? It's such a great asset of PB/DLL to be able to write dependency-free apps so easily

    4. Why isn't PowerBasic more well known? Lack of funds for a privately-owned company? BTW, I'm curious about the company and the people who make it happen: Any good interview or articles online?

    5. Before I spend too much time evaluating each, which GUI generator would you recommend: EZGUI, PowerGen, MetaFour, PBWinADP?



  • #2

    I will answer your last question with the following:

    Some small Dll's have to be included with your application, but
    who cares. With EZGUI you can get a project up and running
    in minimum time. I have created 4 different projects in the
    last four months that would have taken me four months each without
    EZGUI. The price of EZGUI 2.0 is about $160, well worth that for
    the time saved. Don't tell Chris, but I would have probably paid
    a lot more.

    my .02 worth,


    E-Mail: [email protected]
    pt AT pursuersoft DOT com


    • #3

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      • #4

        I would recommend you sit down and learn SDK programming. I
        don't use any of the generators that are out. All I use is
        either DDT or I use a dialog editor and use SDK programming.

        The advantage is that your code is much more portable to
        other languages such as c or c++ if you decided to go that

        Personally I wouldn't market my applications on a Third-Party
        utility that might not be around in 5 or 10 years. SDK will
        always be around.

        I think Chris Boss does has an SDK generator in the works, I
        don't know what the target date is yet.

        [email protected]


        • #5
          Hi, just a comment. PBDLL is the best thing since sliced bread.
          I hope they don't get into the GUI stuff any deeper. Proper tool
          for the proper job. I have to get apps out the door so I use the
          "bloatware VB" for the GUI only, PB does all the work and I think
          thats how it was intended to be used. If you have lots of time and
          are good at it about any app can be built in PB and in all my test
          its faster than C++ 98% of the time. SDK SDK learn the SDK.
          Just wish I could make device drivers in PB Wish Wish Hint Hint.

          Doug McDonald

          Doug McDonald