Project Spot Light – Gambas On Windows
This issue’s project spot light is focused on Nigel Gerrard and his port of Gambas to Windows using Cygwin. When contacted by Gambas Magazine, Nigel responded:
Using Cygwin and Cygwin-X, I have been able to compile almost all the components of gambas3, gb.v4l and gb.sqlite2 being ones I haven’t found alternative solutions for as yet. In order to achieve this I downloaded various cygwin ports of additional software etc. To be honest getting gambas3 to compile this was easier than I first imagined. The challenging part now, is to go through all the gambas examples and check that they are working properly. Because of the additional layers of Cygwin, performance on windows does not compare favorably at this time. In the long term I would like to see if there is a way to port without using cygwin – perhaps this might be beyond my capabilities.
The challenging part now, is to go through all the gambas examples and check that they are working properly.
We would like to commend Nigel for his persistence on the port and bring attention to others that may be interested in giving him and hand or those who may have suggestion to aid him. Porting Gambas is no small task and Nigel is making an attempt to promote Gmabs to the Windows OS and broaden the community of Gambas developers. An effort we think is admirable.