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

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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