Dan Shafer dan at danshafer.com
Wed Oct 2 14:25:01 EDT 2002

At 5:41 AM -0400 10/2/02, Kee Nethery wrote:
>  > Howdy, The boss is giving me a shot at moving the project from
>>  Realbasic to Revolution. I may be asking a *lot* of questions in the
>>  next few days. Bear with me!
>>  My Realbasic app is 50 screens and 12K lines of code. More apps are in
>>  the works. Wish me luck. Thanks,
>I was looking for a new environment now that Hypercard and Mac OS X
>don't play well together. The default beginner programming environment
>that everyone was leaning me towards was RealBasic. I watched the
>RealBasic demo and the Revolution demo at WWDC. (Geoff Canyon did a
>great job.) I was sitting with people who write a lot of code, probably
>code you have run or are running today. They knew I was looking for a
>new environment and had recommended RealBasic. After the two demos, in
>their mind there was no comparison, they were going to start
>recommending Revolution for anyone starting out on a new programming
>single user development system.
>So I think you are making a good choice.

I'd like to echo that sentiment. I spent a LOT of time doing an 
evaluation and comparison between RealBasic and Runtime Revolution a 
few months ago when i began looking for a cross-platform, 
single-developer tool. I had a predisposition to RR because of my 
deep HyperCard background but I'd been away from HC for a long time 
and doing a lot of object-oriented stuff, so that was nudging me 
toward RealBasic.

After several weeks of probing -- including building three separate 
apps in both environments -- RR won hands-down based on one factor: 
programmer productivity. The underlying architecture of RealBasic is 
theoretically and conceptually sounder (more object-oriented) than 
RR's, but when the dust settled, I found I was writing apps in RR 
3-10 times faster than the same app in RealBasic.

I'm not looking back.

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