After some technical difficulties with the chat room last night the chat with Geoff Perlman, President and CEO of REAL Software, went rather well I think. At one time we had 20 people in the chat room and even though we didn’t have moderation on, everyone was polite and there were very few interruptions.
Interviews like this are always interesting. I don’t think we learned anything particularly new, but it was nice to get some hints about what’s on their minds:
We learned that the upcoming reporting component in REALbasic will most likely not have an end user editing component. RS isn’t opposed to someone writing one, though.
64 bit compatibility is on their list and all of the Cocoa work is 64 bit ready. Framework issues are the biggest issue with 64 bit.
Look for some new Studio Edition only features for release 5. Will be part of the Release 4 beta testing.
Many people are asking about being able to make iPhone applications using REALbasic. Cocoa support is a prerequisite and then ARM processor compiling. Geoff also said there’s not as many requests for Palm, Android, or Windows Mobile. (No one asked if Apple had given permission to pursue this cause or not!)
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What are your thoughts of the chat with Geoff?