This post is mostly interesting for our german visitors as I do have to comment on something "german-specific", but deals with wxWidgets's publicity in general, too.
I just received my copy of the new c't edition (c't = "magazine for computer technologie", a very famous, mostly well respected magazine in germany). On the cover it advertises an article about Qt4 programming. The article is an introduction/tutorial about programming the new version of the Qt toolkit, that will be continued in the next edition.
In the introduction of the article I learned that Qt is (quoting, translated)
While this may be true for "commercial support", it obviously isn't for the rest. The article deals with the question, if it's true that one realy has to code one source and compile it on other platforms.the most important, if not the only commercialy used and supported C++ product for platform-independent GUI development.
This made me think: Well, that's the same wxWidgets does, why don't they publish an article about wxWidgets??
Now, if a well respected magazine does publish an article about this question and tries to show up a possibility for doing so and proving it, shouldn't somebody jump in and point out the Qt is not the only possible way? Wouldn't that be good for wxWidgets publicity?
As the article points out, Qt has one major drawback for commercial products: It's under the GPL, as long as you don't buy it. wxWidgets doesn't have such a drawback and there are companies that use it.
I don't think that writing them would make them publish an article about wxWidgets, but maybe it could make them publish a comment on wxWidgets, pointing out that there are alternatives, or maybe even publish a review on the new wxBook.
So, couldn't writing to such a magazine help to improve wxWidgets's publicity? Did somebody do this in other countries? What was the effect?
Reading such an article allways makes me feel a little helpless, as I know that an alternative exists, that it is IMHO better and that now many people know about Qt and try it out, but nobody cares about wxWidgets... I had a hard time to find out about wxWidgets myself and I still wonder why, as it is complete, free, actively developed... all the good points I was looking for when searching for an alternative to Qt.
So: Who would be able to write a comment or posting to send them? Should more then one post something, so we get more attention? Or is it simply a nice idea but hopeless?
Again: This should apply for other countries, too, so maybe it would be worth a discussion on the mainling list (which I don't use for posting by the way, so maybe somebody else could do it, if there's interest)...
All I want is that people say "I've heard of it" instead of staring at me when I tell them about wxWidgets...