REALbasic X 2005 r4 review

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REALbasic is the easy-to-use integrated development environment (IDE) that enables users at all levels to create powerful stand-alone, native PowerPC applications quickly and easily, without having to learn a complexprogramming language such as C++ or the details of the Macintosh Toolbox.

License: Freeware
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 29671K
Developer: REAL Software, Inc.
Price: $0.00
Updated: 12 Oct 2005
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REALbasic is the easy-to-use integrated development environment (IDE) that enables users at all levels to create powerful stand-alone, native PowerPC applications quickly and easily, without having to learn a complexprogramming language such as C++ or the details of the Macintosh Toolbox.

REALbasic enables users to create the entire user interface for theirapplications in minutes without any programming. Its programming language isan object-oriented version of the BASIC programming language and is highlycompatible with Microsoft's Visual Basic.

Here are some key features of "REALbasic X":
Window layout editor
Drag and drop
Drag controls onto a window to build your user interface.
Native support controls
REALbasic provides more than 40 native user interface controls for each platform, including buttons, fields, lists, sliders, tab panels, and much more.
Alignment guides
Assists in lining up controls on a window.

Code editing
Helps you write code faster with fewer errors by offering suggestions on valid syntax.
Syntax coloring
Use different colors to distinguish between keywords, variables, code and comments.
Block lines
Quickly see the structure of your code.
Code assistants
A contextual menu of syntax options that help you to write code faster with fewer errors.

Use the REALbasic Canvas class to create and display bitmap images.
Vector graphics
Includes a 2D vector graphics engine for spline-based images.
Real-time 3D engine
Add interactive real-time 3D graphics with REALbasic's built-in graphics engine.
Sprite animation engine
Interactive sprite surface with built-in collision detection.
Play and edit QuickTime movies and virtual reality (VR) scenes in your applications.

Language features
Modern and object-oriented
Modern, object-oriented version of BASIC. Supports inheritance, interfaces and polymorphism.
Advanced language
The REALbasic language is strongly typed and supports RTTI ((Run Time Type Information), operator overloading and try/catch exception handling.
Memory management
Works automatically via reference counting.

Powerful framework
Industrial-strength XML parser and generator enables you to read and write XML data with a few lines of code.
Includes a single-user desktop database engine based on SQLite.
Regular Expressions
Add powerful text searching capabilities to your applications that support regular expressions.

Socket control
Enable the development of powerful Internet client applications. Supported internet protocols include HTTP, SMTP, POP3 and UDP.
SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)
Incorporate web services in your applications quickly and easily to provide access to live data, stock prices, weather information and more.

Learn by example
Example projects
Hundreds of examples are included with REALbasic. They are available on the REALbasic download page and are included on the REALbasic CD .
Hands-on tutorial
The REALbasic Tutorial and Getting Started guides walk you through creating real-world applications and familiarizing yourself with REALbasic tools and commands. These are available both in print for purchase and in .pdf as a free download.

Integrated help
Language reference
Powerful, fully searchable online reference is included in the REALbasic product and provides instant access to details and examples on every REALbasic keyword and framework class.
Status bar
Context-sensitive tips provide assistance while you work.

Language support
REALbasic 2005 is available in English
It will soon be localized for the following languages: German, Japanese, French, Italian.
Localize your applications
REALbasic applications can be localized easily to support any language.
With full support for Unicode built-in, REALbasic allows your application to support multiple languages simultaneously.

Plug-in development
Includes a software development kit (SDK) for creating cross-platform plug-ins for REALbasic.

Native code
Compile your applications down to native machine code. No interpreter or virtual machine is required.
You are free to sell the applications you create with REALbasic or give them away for free without ever paying a fee to REAL Software.

What's New:
REALbasic 2005 Release 4 supports Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux), an extension to the Linux kernel developed by the National Security Agency (NSA). REALbasic 2005 Release 4 runs on and builds applications for SELinux distributions. The SELinux support in REALbasic 2005 Release 4 has been tested at a major U.S. defense contractor and is currently in use in high security environments.
Improved support for External Items. The REALbasic IDE better locates external items which have been moved and ensures that external items get saved as they are updated.
Numerous Code Editor improvements. Focus is better maintained within (various) editors as the user switches from one editor tab to the next. In addition, undo, code highlighting, IDE redraw and find and replace behaviors have been improved in response to user feedback.
Debugger improvements. It is now possible to set and clear breakpoints directly from within the debugger tab. In addition, new remote debugger stubs are available which offer an improved interface and much faster transfer times.

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