[OT] - REALBasic Claims 100K Users

Judy Perry jperryl at ecs.fullerton.edu
Thu Oct 5 02:42:48 EDT 2006


Dan,

I suspect that you're right about the 'popularity' factor (don't pass
out... really... grab whatever heart meds are needed.  Call 911 if
necessary!)..

;-)

But, how to get Rev to attain a similar 'popularity' quotient...???

Is it really a chicken or the egg thing?

You say that it may not really be all that important of a factor, but, I
suspect that it is.

Judy

On Wed, 4 Oct 2006, Dan Shafer wrote:

> My conclusion, for my purposes only, is that only "active" users should be
> counted but that determining that number is all but impossible, so, at the
> end of the day, "installed base" isn't a useful piece of information.
>
> Instead, I'll measure the popularity of a development tool based on such
> issues as how many books, web sites, articles, and tutorials are available;
> how large and active and helpful the user community is; how much free or
> nearly free code can you obtain for it.
>
> By that measure, RB is vastly more popular than RunRev. It has four books
> published, quite a few magazine articles and a healthy number of Web sites
> devoted to teaching it and providing sample and reusable code (classes) for
> it.
>
> Of course, popularity is just one factor to take into account when choosing
> a development tool. And it may not be a very important one in most
> situations.




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