July 23, 2003

REALBasic: Now for Linux

REAL Software announced here that RB 5.5 will proudly compile for Linux. They don't note what window manager, nor what flavor of Linux (the second thing may not matter overall, but I don't know). They do say that you'll be compiling your Linux apps on Macintosh or Windows, not on Linux itself.

Wow. I predict we'll see a Linux version of the RB app itself within the year. I can't help but think Cocoa is the reason for this: Interface Builder is just as good (better perhaps) than the RB window layout thing, and instead of BASIC you have C, and the AppKit and Foundation frameworks are more extensive than what is built in with RB. So what is REAL Software to do, besides expand to places where Cocoa can't touch them. It's too bad that RB has gotten such a bad reputation from the Macintosh userbase, but that's what happens when you start throwing nilObjectExceptions every chance you get.

REALBasic, we hardly knew ye.

Posted on July 23, 2003 11:57 PM | cocoa | TrackBack
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> REAL Software announced here that RB 5.5 will proudly
> compile for Linux. They don't note what window
> manager, nor what flavor of Linux

The FAQ issued with the press release noted that REAL Software will officially support Red Hat and SuSE. Other distributions should also work but might not be officially supported.

REALbasic applications on Linux will employ the GTK2 user interface widget library.


> I can't help but think Cocoa is the reason for this

Not at all. The reasons for this are: (a) the Linux community lacks a good rapid application development tool and (b) REAL Software's customers asked for it.


> the AppKit and Foundation frameworks are more
> extensive than what is built in with RB

I think it is more accurate to say that Cocoa and REALbasic are each strong in different areas. For example, Cocoa does not include an interactive 3D renderer, a single-user database engine or a 2D sprite surface. And REALbasic does this across Mac OS 8, 9, X and Windows 98, NT, ME, 2K and XP. If you are counting how many OS platforms each supports, REALbasic is much more extensive.


> REALBasic, we hardly knew ye.

Don't say goodbye, because REALbasic for Macintosh is not going anywhere. REALbasic for Macintosh has been a cross-platform product since 1999. The primary focus of REALbasic is cross-platform development. The strategy at REAL Software is to continually add more platforms, not eliminate them.

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Matt Quagliana
Director of Sales
REAL Software

·September 1, 2003 01:19 AM · comment by Matt Quagliana   -   ∞
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