The recent news about Microsoft discontinuing Visual Studio’s support for Mac has got us talking about longevity in the field of software development. We all know technology changes rapidly and you, and the tools you use, can’t afford to stand still. Here’s an infographic that illustrates how Xojo’s been continually updating and modernizing since 1996 while other development tools come and go.
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Speaking at one of their conferences, Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow said last week that enterprises are increasingly finding it difficult to build all the mobile apps they need. The demand for mobile apps is increasing far faster than the supply of mobile developers can create them and it’s only going to get worse. This is clearly a problem.
There are three possible solutions to this problem:
- Find a way to decrease the demand of mobile apps. (Good luck with that one.)
- Increase the number of mobile developers.
- Decrease the time it takes to build mobile apps.
Solutions 2 and 3 are not mutually exclusive. You could potentially do both. Adrian Leow even points to the solution when he suggests that developers use rapid mobile app development tools. These tools can provide solution 3, but they don’t create necessarily create more developers.
Operator_Lookup and ParamArray are two language features that have been in Xojo for a while now, but most probably don’t know why they were originally added. The need grew out from having to support COM on Windows.
Xojo is the modern alternative to Microsoft Visual Basic. Xojo is a single language to build apps for Mac, Windows and Linux desktop, plus web, mobile and Raspberry Pi. Cross-compile desktop apps and use the same powerful language to develop for web and mobile too.