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From: Mike Ferguson <>
Subject: Re: [GENBOX] Last rites
Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 07:12:13 -0700 (PDT)
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Obviously there is no reason it could not be done in C++. But I was thinking
that programmers who depend on VB6 (and Java) are not as likely to know C/C++
well, and might not want to use it. You are right that both Python and Delphi
(or Object Pascal) are non-standard, but sticking to open source compilers (like
FreePascal) mitigates that somewhat to my mind at least. Note that I don't
actively program now so perhaps C++ is better all around. Of course the MS fans
will say C++ is a dinosaur and one should be using C# (and stuck in a MS
framework again). FWIW the open source genealogy application GRAMPS is written
in Python. Of course its pace of development is glacial too.

Ease of use wise re the database end, I guess the question is also whether
developers targeting individual consumers will want them to have use MySQL and
have to install that, or SQLite instead since it is embeddable.


----- Original Message ----
From: Doug McDonald <>
Sent: Mon, May 9, 2011 7:55:37 AM
Subject: Re: [GENBOX] Last rites

On 5/8/2011 10:36 PM, Mike Ferguson wrote:
> Well two tweets a month, on the two evenings a month he works on it, were not
> exactly indicative of very active development.
> Also I was thinking recently of whether Genbox is written in VB6 or not. I
> TMG is, and Microsoft is set to cutoff all support for VB6 (already
> now) in 2016. And since from what I have read the supposed conversion utility
> to convert VB6 code to Visual.NET does not actually work well, programmers are
> facing lots of time spent in manual conversion. I have wondered if any of the
> top genealogy programs will dump Microsoft's locked in framework totally and
> just move to Python or Delphi + MySQL or something.

Why not plain C++ plus MySQL?

Why a very non-standard thing like Python or Delphi?

Doug McDonald

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