REALbasic for iPhone?
SDK definitely, maybe
Macworld 2008 Uncertainty over Apple's iPhone SDK is making a least one potential partner cautious about backing the phone, despite its popularity.
Geoff, the president and chief executive of REAL Software (the company that created REALbasic), has expressed interest in porting his company's cross-platform language to the iPhone as part of a potential mobile strategy.
He said support for the iPhone was a logical choice, but he also told The Register, that one reason for holding off is to see what Apple allows developers to actually do with the SDK.
"There are a lot of assumptions about what the SDK will let people do," Perlman said. "We have to wait and see what the SDK looks like."
For Perlman it's important that the SDK gives third parties access to the same APIs as Apple so applications run natively, as first-class citizens, on the iPhone rather than only running in the browser, where they will rely on network connectivity.
Complete access would be useful to makers of games and applications serving vertical sectors written to take advantage of iPhone's large, touch-screen interface. Features like the interface and soft keypad make the iPhone a "logical choice" for REAL Software to support, he said.
The iPhone is selling well among consumers and business users, a fact that’s got ISVs interested in supporting the device. According to Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, four million iPhones have shipped since last summer's launch.
So far the software companies that are backing the iPhone have only written to the browser. SAP, for example, was pulled up by Apple and forced to write to the browser having initially joined other ordinary users by hacking the device.
Perlman said some type of mobile support is in his company's futur, but he added that REAL Software is working through issues in its current products. That includes improved access to the company's REAL SQL Server for multiple applications written using REALbasic.
Such improvements are expected sometime after the next scheduled release of REALbasic. Today at Macworld in San Francisco, California, the company announced the latest version REALbasic 2008 R1 will be available next month.
One of the big advantages of bringing REALbasic to the mobile world is its cross-platform capabilities. REAL Software boasts its object-oriented language is relatively simple to build and deploy on Mac, Windows and Linux.
If REAL Software takes its language mobile, this will help developers by allowing them to re-use their existing skills on the desktop while enjoying application performance faster than Java, according to Perlman.®
But its COOL
The iPhone may not be the best PDA, it may not send MMS's or be able to take video. The keyboard is, at best, awkward and It's expensive, £1000 is a lot of money in anyones wallet.
But, here's the clincher, its very very cool. and its going to get cooler with the SDK released!
I drive a diesel estate, its sensible, comfortable, economical and cheap. But its not cool. Just like my phone (A samsung somthing) which takes pictures, recieves email and makes voice calls etc.
A friend has an iphone and i love it, its tactile, looks good, works flawlessly (so far as i can see) and has all the features I use.
(as I never send MMS's, take video or need a 5mp camera). When my current contract is up I will be getting myself a lil' bit of coolness in my life and buying an iPhone.
After all its cheaper than a ferrari!
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I do not understand this article - there are many developers who want to support the iPhone through the SDK. That is all which is reported here - that they want to support it. REALbasic is a good product, but i use Revolution instead because it supports more operating systems than REALbasic and it uses a really easy paradigm. I have asked developers of Revolution and they would also "like" to support the iPhone.
You can read more about Revolution here: http://www.mirye.com/index.php/Runtime-Revolution/RUntime-Revolution-Studio.html
"tell you what... use an iphone for a month, then come back and give an informative decision. When the iphone launched, i said i wouldnt get one, reminded of that everyday by my friends"
I don't have one, I had if for about 2 weeks, wasn't that impressed.
"To anyone who says you can get handsets for free etc,, yes you can buy wine for £2 a bottle but how come you buy the £7 bottle? Quality and doesnt blow your head apart."
Quality doesn't always depend on price, anyone that thinks that obviously isn't thinking for themselves.
"I now can finally leave my laptop behind and use just the iphone. Could never do that with any other phone no mater how much i tried and i own an ISP."
Unless of course you need an exchange server for work, and the sysadmin refuses to enable the POP3. In which case you are still going to use the laptop, because you have no other choice. At least you get a physical Keyboard and you can add a 3G modem to a lappy as well.
"Anyway , stick your cheap handsets..."
Cheap? OK, i'll tell my GF that she's wrong sticking to her 3g phone, with a 5Mpx camera and it's attendant applications, and i'll feel sorry for myself being "stuck" with my own Windows Mobile device (That is admittedly at times infuriating, but at least i can add any apps i want without voiding the warranty).
"Biased views always win ;-)"
There is little that is more Bias than a fanboy, and one of us is making out that a single product is the best thing ever, that makes which of us Bias?