As most of the forum regulars know, I program heavily in Visual Basic .NET for Windows - mostly for personal use, but I do publish a few applications here at DC ("SnapSuite", "MiniBrowse", etc). I have been looking for a way to program in Ubuntu for a while now, trying to avoid C/C#/C++, as well as Java at all costs. WINE won't run Visual Studio, and there is no .NET for Linux.
After several months of searching, I stumbled upon Gambas 2 while finalizing my Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex install. The website seemed to imply that it is geared to C# and GTK#, but I gave it a shot anyways - it seemed like a good program from what I was reading. I had issues with the initial setup on my desktop (my own fault), and ended up giving up for the night.
Today, I started a project on my laptop in Gambas, just messing around in class. This time I didn't check the option as I did previously (the one giving me the error), and was able to build a GUI without much trouble. I ended up coding the thing up in the principal's office (unrelated), and figured out how to make a .deb package for Ubuntu. I had some real fun making the About box as well
This program doesn't really DO anything, it is more like a show of "this can be done". Just sort of interesting to tinker with for a couple minutes - everything works as it should.
How to install:
Download, extract and locate the .deb file - it should be called "test_0.0.3-1_all.deb"
Launch the .deb file and you should get a prompt similar to this:
Click "Install Package" and wait for installation to complete:
When the installation finishes you should see something like this:
Now close that dialog and the "Install Package" button should now say "Reinstall Package":
Installation is complete! You can close the Package Installer now!
Program in action:
Navigate to your Applications -> Other menu, and find "MFUP by Wreckedcarzz" - click to launch it:
This is the main GUI, just a few controls - the scrollbar at the bottom is locked in place:
The About box, IMO, priceless :
How to uninstall:
Navigate to your Applications -> Accessories menu, and find the Terminal:
In the terminal, type "sudo apt-get remove test":
Hit Enter and wait for a Y/N prompt to appear in the Terminal:
Press Y, followed by Enter to complete uninstallation:
If you like it (or if you don't), let me know - I do plan on making actual Ubuntu applications (ones with a purpose), but I figured that this little project was interesting enough to post here