[OT] - REALBasic Claims 100K Users

Richmond Mathewson geradamas at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 12 04:33:34 CDT 2006


Do I count as:

1. a user of RealBasic

2. a user of Runtime Revolution

???

1. I downloaded the free Linux version of RealBasic a
while back - didn't like it and didn't use it -
however my personal details are, presumably, washing
around in the RealBasic company's database.

2. Somebody bought me a copy of DreamCard and I bought
a copy of RRMedia (something I have lived to regret),
and I do most of my work with the free version of RR
(2.2.1) that was available for a while for Linux.

Well,

1. NO!, but I bet I have been counted for RealBasic's
statistical purposes.

2. YES and NO;

YES,  insofar as I do use RR on an almost daily basis,
love it, feel "at home inside it", blah, blah, blah.

NO, insofar as I probably do not show up as more than
a 'blip' on RR's accountant's chart.

So the claims of RealBasic are silly and pointless - I
am happy to see that Runtime Revolution are not so
silly as to make daft claims of a similar nature.

Surely the way to assess a development suite's
popularity is to look at the web traffic related to
it:

Downloads of finished software packages,

Downloads of "bits and bobs", i.e. stacks,

Traffic on use lists and fora (err, OK, 'forums').

sincerely, Richmond Mathewson

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                                       Mathewson, 2006
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