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Xojo 2017r1.1 / April 25, 2017
|Operating system||macOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, iOS|
|Available in||English, Chinese, Japanese|
|License||Proprietary software (Commercial software or shareware)|
The Xojo programming environment is developed and commercially marketed by Xojo, Inc of Austin, Texas for software development targeting macOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, iOS, the Web and Raspberry Pi. Xojo uses a proprietary object-oriented BASIC dialect, also known as Xojo.
In 1997 FYI Software, founded by Geoff Perlman, bought CrossBasic, which had been marketed by its author Andrew Barry as a shareware product. CrossBasic got its name from its ability to compile the same programming code for the classic Mac OS and the Java virtual machine (although the integrated development environment was Mac only). A public beta was released in April 1996. The CrossBasic name was trademarked by another company, so the product was renamed REALbasic.
Prior to REALbasic version 2, the Java target was dropped and later replaced with a Windows target and database support. Windows builds contained many bugs when finally released, and it was very difficult to write applications that ran on both Mac OS and Windows. The option to compile for Linux was added in 2005 and the integrated development environment (IDE) was ported to Windows and as a free public beta for Linux platforms. The new IDE employed a new user interface redesigned to more closely resemble Xcode.
In 2004 REAL software announced the "Made with REALbasic Showcase" program to highlight applications created with the product. In 2009, a migration assistant was launched to help move code from Visual Basic. In 2010, to combat the perception that REALbasic was similar to the original BASIC, it was renamed Real Studio. Real Software also announced Real Studio Web Edition, allowing developers to compile web applications without the knowledge of multiple web technologies.
On June 4, 2013 Real Software officially changed their name to Xojo, Inc. and Real Studio was renamed Xojo. Also on this date they released Xojo 2013 Release 1 which included an all-new user interface, full support for Cocoa on OS X, improved support for web applications, all new documentation and a new "Introduction to Programming Using Xojo" textbook that was designed for beginners to learn the fundamentals of object oriented programming. Despite the multiple name changes, Xojo continues to be associated with the BASIC language, and Xojo, Inc. calls it "the spiritual successor to Visual BASIC".
The Xojo IDE is currently available for Microsoft Windows, macOS, 32-bit x86 Linux, and can compile 32-bit and 64-bit applications for Windows (Windows XP and higher), macOS (running on Intel-based Macs using the Cocoa frameworks), x86 Linux, iOS, the web, and Raspberry Pi. Xojo is self-hosted: the Xojo IDE is built with the current release of Xojo. The 2015r3 release includes 64-bit support for Desktop, Web and Console targets as well as a new platform, Raspberry Pi.
The Xojo IDE is free to use for learning and development. Compiling or deploying applications with Xojo requires a license. Multiple license levels are available for purchase, enabling Desktop, Web, iOS and Raspberry Pi. Licenses can be purchased a la carte, in any combination required. Also available is Xojo Pro, is a bundle that includes added support, guaranteed beta program access, access to a Xojo professionals' forum, 3x Feedback multiplier when ranking support cases, access to consulting leads, and a license that will work on three machines.
Unlike most programming environments, project source code is not stored in plain text files by default, but in a proprietary, single file format. However, source code can be saved to a plain-text format for use with version control systems and can be exported to XML format as well.
The Windows compiling feature isn't bug-free (to say the least), and it's quite complicated making a program that will run on both Windows and Mac OS.
REALbasic 2005...sports a new UI that's more in tune with Apple's Xcode development environment than REALbasic 5
...hearing a development environment with the word "basic" in the name caused many of your colleagues' eyes to roll...Some developers found they were no longer battling the reputation of BASIC while others were confused because we continued to call the language itself, REALbasic.
So, when I say that Xojo, a RAD (Rapid Application Development) IDE that uses a syntax of BASIC, makes me want to gouge my eyeballs out with a dull spoon... you know it's not because I don't like BASIC. BASIC is fine by me. It's Xojo itself that makes me feel so anxious to inflict bodily harm on myself.
Xojo is the spiritual successor to Visual Basic...the programming language will look very familiar to you
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