Interesting blog post - comments anyone?
wjm at wjm.org
Sun Nov 29 19:28:25 CST 2009
My intent in replying is not to say you're "wrong" or even to disagree with
you... just to point out that Heather's only request was if one felt like
posting to "keep it positive" -- in the sense of being respectful toward the
*blog author*, not being positive about Revolution.
> If you feel the urge to post a
> comment, the blogger is inviting debate - just keep it positive...
> it's probably best not to wade in guns blazing if you disagree with
> his view. I think there is an interesting debate to be had here.
There's surely a diversity of opinions about Rev in the use-list; the posts
are not 100% rosy. Some current and former customers have mentioned their
dislikes, skepticism of our bold productivity claim, etc. Heather certainly
I would hope there could be some way of posting notice here of a prominent
article about us that would be regarded appropriate by everyone. Perhaps it
was the wording that turned you off? What would you like to see happen in
the future? Should news of such articles come only from customers?
As a marketing guy (who did *not* request Heather's posting), I will say the
guerilla effect is welcomed. Between this article and the coverage on
Slashdot, our site traffic surged. It garnered us many new visitors... more
in the space of a couple days than we usually get in a month. I certainly
don't see the articles as fluff. They are controversial; the comments raise
many points, good and bad, about us. The Slashdot threads being almost
brutal. Yet we've seen thousands of fresh faces give our products a look-see
It's easy to forget how small we really are. The vast majority of people
making software today have never heard of us. We are a tiny fraction of the
former HyperCard user base. Yet, we are arguably the most successful,
usable, and capable implementation of that vision around. We see ourselves
as stewards of that legacy. Our major investments this past year, including
the Web plugin and free revMedia, are designed not only to deliver more
value to customers, but also to expose orders of magnitude more people to
our unique philosophy of software construction.
As fans of xTalk (a heritage we've reinforced and given homage to by naming
our language "revTalk"), I would wish all of us would have a stake in the
vitality of our efforts -- getting the word out and reminding people there
is indeed still such a thing as "programming for the rest of us." I, for
one, wouldn't be coding at all these days if it weren't for Rev.
- Bill, RunRev marketing guy
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