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HCIL-93-09

Chimera, R. (March 1993)
Evaluation of Platform Independent User Interface Builders
Complete paper version available with 100 page statistical data section.
HCIL-93-09

Platform independent user interface builders allow GUI applications to be created on one platform; that one set of specifications and source code can then be automatically compiled for several other platforms without modification (potentially). The implications for minimizing software development, porting, and maintenance i ssues are monumental. I evaluated four commercially available tools with rigorous and objective processes and evaluation forms, and provide those results along with opinionated insights. I determined which of these tools and methodologies are viable for creating portable, medium- to high-complexity GUI applications. This is a fast moving area and the impact of these technologies can shape the nature of creating software for open systems today and into the future.


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