REALbasic 2009 Release 2

I’m a part of the beta program so I get to work with these releases early.  I rarely move production projects over to a REALbasic beta because, well, it’s a beta and all bets are off.  I broke that rule for ’09 R2 because it was so solid for me in my early testing.

R1 and R2 are very solid releases for me and I have no qualms recommending that you upgrade.  I have to give the RS developers some kudos for doing a good job.

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Excellent work folks.
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Now that R2 is out, we also have a new ‘version’ of RB called REAL Studio.  It’s essentially the old Pro version with a license key that works on all three platforms (yay!) and updates for 12 months instead of 6.  You also get REAL Server out of the deal as well as priority support.  It’s quite a bit pricier at $1495 and hopefully it gets some new features quickly to make it a better deal.

The drawback is that the Pro edition loses profiling and IDE scripting.  But it is cheaper now as well at $299.

I personally think that removing IDE scripting is a bad thing.  But, on the other hand, I doubt most users will miss it.  Let’s hope that RS has something up their sleeve for us mere mortals in the future.  By the way, there is an article on the ARBP website that shows you how to use postbuild scripts to create a DMG and copy files into your bundle and resources folders (sorry, it’s only available to paying ARBP members)

I won’t dwell on the details of this release because I wrote up a little review of R2 on the ARBP Blogs and Opinions page (free registration required).

What are your thoughts on R2?