dan at danshafer.com
Wed Oct 2 14:25:01 CDT 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
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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