The Gambas project has been around for a while. Although I haven't tried it myself, as far as frameworks go, it's astounding the amount of things supported by it. Lots of love have gone into it. I still find people fond of VB for programming nowadays, so this is a good environment for them to make the jump. Choice is great.
But don't like it? Then don't use it! Nobody is forcing you...I want a simple but powerful language, not necessarily intended for professionals or nerds.
Good trolling. Go annoy some other people...just like those worthless 1000 Linux distros.
Why is the use of this hard for people to figure out??
Back in year 10 (I was 15 I think) my school taught Visual Basic in the IT classes. I liked computers, I was interested in programming, and I had much to learn.
Around that time I also had a Linux phase (where I wanted to use it for everything) and I actually found Gambas then. I had a huge amount of fun using it with my then favorite OS (Ubuntu, when it had Gnome 2) and it really did help inspire me to take up software engineering (seriously, not all kids want to just experiment in a text editor and a command line).
Now my course has us learning Java and C++ (Eclipse/Windows/Linux for Java and Linux/GCC with C++) and I love it. But to not be able to experiment, and try basic programming without getting dead bored with command line based books/lessons on C/C++ that are boring as hell to a young kid I would probably have taken up Engineering instead.
It's much better if people would choose one and move on with their life. I learned this the hard way by using Windows for 15 years, only fully ending my dependence on Windows resolved the issue of lock-ins.
Nope, it is still not compatible with VB, but maybe you would have known that if you had informed yourself before forming an opinion, but maybe I am asking for too much here.Which leaves the only reason - to give people to opportunity to do Visual Basic on Linux - which is worthless and stupid as I said in the first post.
My only exposure to VB was in my free time with a copy I'd 'acquired', and was crucial to keeping me interested in programming.
In school we only learned to use Microsoft Office. I dread to think what British schools now teach as ICT, probably 'effective social network use' and how to compose tweets with a minimum number of vowels.