Revolution in Programming for Dummies (was RE: Rev_rant part 4)

Lynn Fredricks lynn at
Tue Nov 14 17:21:12 EST 2006

> That's very interesting - I had no idea that Rev was 
> receiving any mainstream coverage as a platform.  I'll have 
> to take a look at that book next time I'm in a bookshop.  Now 
> that I think of it, it is obvious that any book that was 
> really interested in getting someone started with programming 
> (especially any GUI programming) should be using Rev as a 
> teaching device.
> However, I doubt it if would cut any ice with Dave's 
> colleagues writing in C++, XML, Postscript, etc.  :-)

He can point out that its accepted enough to gather interest from the book
market - which is quite conservative.

There are plenty of shops that feel strongly about one particular language
or the other - plenty of C/C++ developers that think of Visual Basic as a
"toy language". There are times when C/C++ is the only way to go. But there
are specific advantages to a product like Revolution, and one of them is the
ability to whip out a prototype or custom utility very, very quickly, and
deploy it on multiple operating systems - "very, very quickly on runs
natively on operating systems" means something, and having to spend x5 the
time in creating a cross-platform app with C++ means at least x5 the budget
is needed. That makes Rev an inviting choice to those who pay the wages of
the doubters.

> Lynn, until I can get a look at that book, are you saying 
> that his treatment of Rev is more favourable than the others? 
>  Do you know what the sales figures are for the book?  If the 
> answer to the first question is 'yes', and the second is 'a 
> lot', then that should be good news for Rev sales.

Only three languages are covered in the book - one is Rev and yes, its
treated very favorably :-) Wally Wang has been working on this revision for
over a year.

Best regards,

Lynn Fredricks
Worldwide Business Operations
Runtime Revolution, Ltd

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