Rev IDE vs MetaCard IDE

stephen barncard stephenREVOLUTION2 at
Sun Dec 13 19:34:28 EST 2009

Speaking of IDEs, Jerry's tRev is kind of a 'remote' IDE with his little
agents running around. I found out about another 'feature' that was there
from the beginning.

When your stack or Rev crashes, tRev stays running  and doesn't freak out.
It just sits there, with your current scripts. So you can cut the text of
the script you were working on into a text editor for a moment,  quit tRev,
and re-launch both.  No it  won't connect the new script you didn't save but
it's easy to paste/replace. The point is - stability and isolation is
something really important in a programming situation.

It's also prettier than the MC IDE.
Stephen Barncard
San Francisco

2009/12/13 Vokey, John <vokey at>

> On 2009-12-13, at 11:00 AM, use-revolution-request at wrote:
> > Can someone give me a quick summary of why I might want to use the
> > MetaCard IDE instead
> > of  RunRev's?  It seems that a lot of users of this group use MC.  Is it
> > just what you were used
> > to or is there some feature that Rev's doesn't?
> >
> > Just curious.
> >
> > len
> Partly, it is because it is what I am familiar with, no doubt.  But, I am
> not a fanatic about it: I encourage all my students to begin with RunRev
> using the RunRev IDE, and I use it on those occasions where I need to
> develop a complicated (read prettified) interface.  However, those who go on
> to become the more proficient programmers seem to drift to the MetaCard IDE
> as they gain experience.
> The main difference is that the MC IDE, for the most part, because it is so
> close to the engine, stays out of your way.  So much so, that at least for
> my current and former students and me, we rarely compile standalones,
> preferring to run our stacks in the MC IDE itself.
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