"If you have followed GNU/Linux for the last few years you know
that GNOME has long been a stronghold of C, Perl and Python GUI
programming. With Ximian's work on Mono, C# seems also to be a
language that will see wide use in GNOME. Sun's involvement should
also make Java applications integrate strongly with GNOME. But what
about C++? Even in the GNU/Linux and Unix world this language has
received many advocates and developers. I sat down with Murray
Cumming, lead developer on the gtkmm and gnomemm C++ bindings for
GTK+ and GNOME to get some information on the status of C++
development in GNOME.
"Christian: What is your background and what puts food on
your table in real life?
"Murray: I'm a freelance developer, though
that's difficult in the current market. I do C++ development on
Unix, on all kinds of projects, such as protocol implementations,
compilers, interpreters, data converters, management systems, and
GUIs to make sense of all these. I've lived in Munich, Germany, for
the past 3 years, but I'm officially a Brit. I love Munich's
healthy outdoors lifestyle and easy-going socialising. I try to put
the Lederhosen out of my mind..."