Real World News Part 1: What’s Up with the New IDE?
As anticipated, the RealWorld keynote today talked a lot about the future and spent as little time about the here and now as possible. For those of us waiting to get more information about the new Real Studio IDE we weren’t disappointed. However, the news was not all good.
The new IDE is going to be delayed until the Fall and will make it into Release 2. In the meantime Real Software has said they are going to release a new version in August with the old IDE but with the new framework in August. Release 1 comes with well over 300 bug fixes with many, many Cocoa fixes and enhancements.
The applications built in R1 promise to be a few megabytes smaller and take up less memory. Real Software still isn’t removing the beta tag on it but they assured us that there are few known bugs left in the Cocoa framework.
This is all really good news, don’t get me wrong, but when we questioned these decisions two months ago we were told the ‘bridges were burned’ and it wasn’t possible to do what they’re doing now. Obviously they are rebuilding some of those bridges and at lease they gave us the bad news early and moved on to what’s coming up. No doubt it is a lot of work to do a major reset and this why it will take until August to release to the public.
In the quick demonstrations given during the keynote it was fairly obvious that the new IDE is not ready for primetime. Several times the demos had outright bugs and it seemed, to me at least, that the presenters were willing the IDE to work properly through sheer willpower.
I’ll leave you to discuss the ramifications of this but my only significant question is: What took you so long to make that decision?