janschenkel at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 21 01:53:01 EDT 2002
--- SBasssMan at aol.com wrote:
> I just starting evaluating Revolution, and I'm
> really excited about what I see. The world needs
> cross platform tools like this, and I hope it
> I guess I will have some trepidation about doing
> something large with it - since it is so new.
> Anyone have any comments or feel for the likelihood
> that it will still exist 5 years from now?
To quote our General Manager:
"In 1993, when Microsoft bought Fox Software, we all
thought: This is it - now we have the ultimate
cross-platform development environment : DOS, Mac,
Unix, Windows. And indeed the next version was even
better. And then Dos/Unix were axed as everything went
Visual, and when the Mac community didn't want the
bloatware anymore, that was terminated as well.
Conclusion: don't plan for more than 5 years ahead."
And that is indeed a very short term to win back an
investment. Granted, the programs will (usually) keep
running a few years after, but people will be asking
for features you can't deliver.
The MetaCard/RunRev tandem is good in that respect, as
you can do almost anything with XFCN's and DLL's if
need-be. An extensible architecture with a solid core
is the key here.
Seeing as MetaCard has been around for a decade, there
shouldn't be a problem at the engine. And the RunRev
team is doing okay as well.
As we have a number of older programs to move away
from their current Omnis and FoxBase/FoxPro codebases,
RunRev is starting to look very good to us.
Just my 2 euro-cents,
"As we grow older, we grow both wiser and more foolish
at the same time." (De Rochefoucald)
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