Feeds

Real cure for the vileness of Visual Basic

GOTO Win32

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

More choice for BASIC afficionados: REAL Software announced on Tuesday that it would port its highly-regarded Mac development platform to Windows.

Since 1999 REALbasic been able to create Win32 binaries, but once it will run natively on Windows too, so PC developers will be able to target Macintosh users too. And have an excuse to buy that Titanium PowerBook "for compatibility testing", natch.

The BASIC world is dominated by Visual Basic, of course. There's hardly a Microsoft product that doesn't have BASIC in there, somewhere: Bill's first commercial success for "Micro-Soft" was a BASIC interpreter for the Altair microcomputer, about which you can read first-hand from the third developer involved in this historic piece of software, Monte Davidoff.

(This story spawned several fascinating subplots, including one about billg's promise to release the source - he didn't, but it eventually turned up behind a radiator at Harvard - and a discussion on his programming prowess).

We digress. The ubiquity of Visual Basic doesn't mean that it's universally loved. And don't take it from us, take it from the Dame of the DIM declaration, the Verity Stob whose Thirteen Ways to Loathe Visual Basic (first published in EXE) picks out many of the vilenesses of the language. REALBasic exhibits very few of these.

REALbasic was originally a shareware product called CrossBasic, the company's Lorin Rivers tells us. It was developed by Andrew Barry, and "somewhat" based on VB but also Java and BASIC, but was designed to be OO from the ground up. CrossBasic went on sale in 1997.

"Geoff Perlman (President and CEO) saw it mentioned on some Mac news site, checked it out, and thought it was what he had been looking for, himself, all along. Geoff asked Andrew if he'd be interested in a making it a commercial product. Geoff secured some
financing, shut down his database consulting business, and released REALbasic 1 a year or so later. REALbasic 2 added a bunch of stuff, such as Database support, Windows compilation and some new controls," he tell us.

Barry left REAL three years ago to return to Australia. With Cocoa such an attractive environment for developers, it's a credit to REAL that it's maintained mindshare in the move to OS X.

We'll be putting the OS X version through its paces shortly. ®

Related Links

REALbasic
Thirteen Ways to Loath VB - Verity Stob
Recent, gag-free Stob on the elegance of C#
RealBasic FAQ

Related Stories

Microsoft Altair BASIC legend talks about Linux, CPRM and that very frightening photo
Raiders of the Lost Altair BASIC Source Code
Could Bill Gates write code? [Hell, yes - apparently]
RealBasic brings quick app-making to MacOS X
RealSoftware upgrades MacOS 'Visual Basic' tool

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'
Plus: 'Google's IDEALISM is an injudicious justification for inappropriate biz practices'
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.