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Date:      Mon, 06 Feb 2012 16:37:37 -0600
From:      Jorge Biquez <jbiquez@intranet.com.mx>
To:        FreeBSD Questions <questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Software Development using Freebsd.
Message-ID:  <3411412722-917504491@intranet.com.mx>

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Hello all.

This is kind of off topic. My apologies in advance.

I am helping a non profit organization and giving some classes to 
prepare students so they can be prepared and try to get a job (they 
are students also and have the basics concepts already)

Anyway, I am interested in teach them to develop some simple 
applications. From simple ones to destktop ones that access a 
database, desktop ones that use internet to connect to a remote 
database and web based ones with a database behind. We have 6 months 
and the idea is to work a lot remotely. Thin is that I do not want to 
use any kind of Microsoft products. Some of them do not have modern 
machines but until now, in previous classs, we could install Freebsd, 
text mode, and work from there.

Now we will try to have a graphical mode in Freebsd. With that we 
would like to be able to develop graphical applications for Windows 
(we all know that's the market and here some companies is what they 
are looking), so maybe sound crazy but I am looking to develop 
applications for Windows without using WIndows or Microsofot products at least.

I have been looking for this for months. First case using Windows but 
not Microsoft products. I found some options BUT they all were 
expensive on the deployment. The "runtimes" were not free and the 
amount of money to pay was not a good option. Others provide " real 
free" excutables for runtimes but the products were expensive. I am 
now trying to, If possible, have FreeBSD running graphically and then 
use open source software to develop graphical windows applications.

Maybe I am wrong but until now I think my only option is to use 
Phyton. Is that correct? For what I have searched Python will let me 
create executables and will let me create Graphical solutions even 
for other platforms (Mac or LInux or whatever runs Python).

Talking with friend, he believes that my best bet is to teach them C 
or C++ and use some of the options for developing graphically ( I am 
not a C or C++ expert but I can learn alone).

I was wondering if you could give some advie and comments on this.

Are you developing commercial applications (including Windows ones) 
using FreeBsd as your platform? Or Maybe any Linux Distribution?

Would you do that with Python or something else?

Any extra advice is more than welcomed.

Thanks in advanced.

Jorge Biquez




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