[Slightly OT?] Why It's Hard to Explain Rev

Jim Ault JimAultWins at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 3 20:08:13 EST 2005


I use the following in part of my 30 second spiel:

With Revolution, I can quickly design a tool, like a timer with a graphic
interface and a drop down menu, then in one step, compile it to an exe for
Windows, an app for Mac OSX, an app for Linux/ Unix.  I don't know Unix, and
very little Windows, but it works flawlessly on all.  Now I add a new
feature, compile an update in about 3 seconds, send it to my client, and I
am done.  Cross platform made dead easy... (with emphasis on... well... all
of the words.)

Jim Ault
Las Vegas


On 11/3/05 4:51 PM, "TJ Frame" <tjframe at gmail.com> wrote:

> As much as I think these comparisons are misleading and limiting, "Hypercard
> on Steroids" or "Professional Hypercard" are actually pithys way of getting
> the essentials across to people.
>  Most programmerish types are aware of Hypercard and the general environment
> and methodology associated with it (Mac people), and the "on steroids" part
> implies the color, speed, language etc. enhancements. After that brief 2
> word explanation I usually expand by saying that Rev is a modern, robust,
> full featured desendant of Hypercard with many numerous enhancements over
> the old Mac-based tool. Metacard is vastly closer to Hypercard than anything
> else so it just make sense to use the much more well known name when
> describing Rev to new potential users.
>  That generally gets people up to speed with the understanding that Rev is
> not a flavor of Java, C++, Visual Basic etc. which a lot of people seem to
> imediately assume.
>   On 11/3/05, Mark Wieder <mwieder at ahsoftware.net> wrote:
>> 
>> Dan-
>> 
>> Wednesday, November 2, 2005, 2:33:12 PM, you wrote:
>> 
>>> "A good experience is rich, something worth exploring, telling others
>>> about, and experiencing again. It's overdetermined - or holistic - or
>>> *integrated*. And being integrated makes it (often) hard to explain,
>>> since one can't truly reduce an integrated whole to a simple cause."
>> 
>>> Well said, I think, and an apt description of Revolution's many-
>>> faceted appeals.
>> 
>> Yes, for those of us already in the know. It's still no help, though,
>> in terms of describing Revolution to potential users. My favorite so
>> far is
>> 
>> "It was a world of what it was, and it resembled nothing so much as an
>> environment"
>> 
>> -Edward Albee
>> 
>> ...so - any attempt at trying to describe this for folks who haven't
>> dived in yet?
>> 
>> --
>> -Mark Wieder
>> mwieder at ahsoftware.net
>> 
>> 
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