Long ago, in the 1980s my programming career started with QuickBASIC 4.5 and later QuickBASIC PDS 7.1. At the time I developed a text UI with controls and IDE with syntax highlighting.
In 2007 when Linux became my main OS, I greatly missed RAD software like Visual Studio or Delphi. I know, there is Glade and other tools that can help to fill that void but it isn't quite the same.
Then I came across RealBasic later called RealStudio and Xojo. But it was proprietary and Linux support wasn't too good, especially printer dialogs etc. But I very much liked the RealStudio interface; software development made easy and fast.
Because I like the freebasic compiler (although I still miss full class support) I am thinking about developing a RAD against GTK specifically for Linux similar to RealStudio to make software development for Linux easy and fast. I hope such a project will benefit the Linux community (and FreeBASIC let's not forget).
A first setup may give an impression as to how GUI coding will look like. The following code shows a default window:
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type TWindow1 extends fxTWindow
'Label1 as fxTLabel
dim Window1 as TWindow1
Although I like Qt more than GTK, I believe the latter is the way to go because of its open source. Any ideas, suggestions are welcome!