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Portable Development Environment?

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The Question is:

I am searching for an alternative to Java for developing portable applications
 that can be compiled/run under OpenVMS and under Windows NT. Can you tell me a
 GUI-toolkit that is implemented/supported on both platforms?

The Answer is :

  Consider direct use of Perl, C, C++, BASH (or other shell), and even
  DCL (there is a third-party DCL package for Windows NT).  Or, if you
  use a web browser as your execution environment, Java and JavaScript.
  Most web browsers can also activate Perl scripts.
  In the experience of the OpenVMS Wizard, various GUI development tools
  can make extensive use of non-standard language extensions and
  platform-specific features, and these tend to hinder portability.  This
  the OpenVMS Wizard will generally prefer the less popular and more direct
  use of compilation tools and thus to use a more portable environment, and
  to make various platform-specific customizations as needed.
  That said, the OpenVMS Enterprise Toolkit permits applications to be
  developed on Windows NT for use on OpenVMS platforms:
  The creation of a cross-platform portable development GUI is a rather
  interesting and intruiging idea.  The OpenVMS Wizard is unaware of any
  such tools availabable from any particular vendor or via Freeware,
  though there are Freeware packages around that could conceivably
  provide various parts of this portable development environment.
  The OpenVMS Wizard is not a resource for Windows NT questions.

answer written or last revised on ( 7-AUG-2000 )

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