Making the move...

mvreade at mvreade at
Tue Mar 14 16:01:02 EST 2006


Thanks for your input.  Like you, I am not a developer by training.   
I have a few different solutions, written in Filemaker, which target  
mostly Art and Antique galleries.  I have been wondering about  
picking up RealBasic, which looks nice, but not quite as intuitive as  
Revolution.  So I imagine that it will take me little longer to  
become productive in RB than in Revolution. I also wonder whether  
once the learning curve has been conquered, whether Revolution would  
still be faster than RB.  I have a feeling that it would be...



On Mar 14, 2006, at 3:45 PM, Wally Rodriguez wrote:

> Hello Michael:
> As a non-developer type I might be able to give you yet another  
> perspective on Rev. I own a post-production finishing house for  
> commercials. My days are crazy with just my normal job and then I  
> have to manage the IT needs and I'm also in charge of engineering.
> I did a very small amount of HyperCard programming back in '91-'93  
> and have put together a few filemaker pro databases, but basically  
> have no experience as a programmer.
> The fact that the program can switch from "programming" mode to  
> "run" mode while you work makes it very easy and quick to see what  
> you're going to get.
> Using Revolution I have been able to:
> 1. Automate our web page generation for client feedback. This is a  
> relatively complex setup that reads movies placed in various  
> folders on our webserver and with some user input, generates  
> password-protected php web pages that look every bit as good as  
> others out there.
> 2. Created a touch-screen interface for iTunes to run on a  
> powerbook in my car.
> 3. Created a slate generator (slates are the identifiers used in  
> commercials). This program combines some background image with text  
> to create sequential countdowns for our video projects. It runs on  
> XP and OSX. In the month or so it's been running it has generated  
> over 2000 images!
> I'm in the process of building a home-control application that acts  
> as a client to iRed (an infrared remote server). The cool thing  
> about this app is that it's allowed me to rescue a couple of old  
> machines to use as controllers. The standalone client currently  
> runs on OS9, XP tablet edition and OSX. This in itself is pretty  
> amazing.
> All of this while doing the rest of my work and without looking  
> back. I strongly recommend the product.
> Two things, start with v 2.6.1, (especially if you're going to be  
> developing on windows) and I understand that there is a deal where  
> you get Constellation for free. It's worth the $50 it costs anyway,  
> but free is soo much better! :-)
> So I find that it's the easiest way to write code that can actually  
> do something without having to lear a complex and cryptic language.
> W.
> On Mar 10, 2006, at 10:45 AM, Mvreade wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I've been playing with Revolution for a few days and am VERY  
>> impressed with its capabilities and ease of use.
>> I do however, have a few questions and reservations, which  
>> hopefully you guys can answer.
>> I found it a bit buggy (using a iBook G4, 1G of memory, on OSX  
>> 10.4).  The property inspector went blank a few times, the  
>> application crashed once, the sample database query in the example  
>> solutions was updating records, demo videos weren't displaying, to  
>> mention a few.
>> So the quesiton is, how good of an environment to work on is it?
>> And how stable are the final applications?
>> For users who have used Rev for databases, I was wondering what  
>> it's like to develop a system with, say, 20 tables and lots or  
>> relationships and methods?
>> Where would one store all the methods?
>> For relationships, would one just keep a VERYlong list of Database  
>> Queries?
>> Finally, does any one know if Runtime Revolution Ltd has any plans  
>> to have a connection to an open source, embeddable database, such  
>> as SQLite?
>> Thanks for your help,
>> Michael Reade
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