Real Software announced today that the much vaunted and talked about new IDE is delayed yet again. Real Studio 2012 Release 2 was released to the beta list today using the old IDE. An alpha for 2013 Release 1 will be released (to alpha testers only) soon for us to evaluate and provide feedback on usability.
I have mixed feelings about the announcement. First off, I’m glad they’re continuing updates using the venerable IDE user interface. I know there are a number of bug fixes and enhancements that I can use on projects – right now. The updates are welcome and hopefully no new bugs are introduced (though RS has done a couple of dot releases for Release 1 so I see no reason why it won’t continue as needed).
This announcement, in general, is a good thing and I’m glad that Real Software has decided that burning their bridges with the existing IDE just doesn’t serve us, the Real Studio developer community, very well. The flip side, of course, is that every release they use the old IDE just pushes off the new one that much further into the future.
Like many Real Studio developers I’m still not convinced we are best served with a radically different IDE. I believe minor tweaks to the existing IDE might be a better solution. However, it might be a matter of scale that once you change one thing you have to change this, that, and everything else and by the time you’re done you’ve rewritten the whole user interface. Add in the new iOS framework and editors and the changes to Web Edition and it might have been the only way to do it. So perhaps this is a good change but only time, and usage, will tell.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the new IDE and work on my large projects. I am curious to see how the always visible project tab will work. If it makes life easier it will be a good thing. If it hinders me in those areas I find important it will be a bad thing. Obviously my opinion is the only that counts – to me, at least. 🙂
This announcement also pushes back the new licensing scheme and the one-click Web Edition deployment. For some this is a big issue and for others not so much. I guess that’s up to you to be mad, angry, or indifferent.
What do you think of this news? Good, bad, or typical Real Software time slip?