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Post by heatherlaine » Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:38 pm

A programming "revolution" comes to Linux

April 4, 2008 (EDINBURGH, Scotland) - Linux users have even more choices now when building applications and media presentations for their platform. Today, Runtime Revolution released Revolution 2.9 for Linux, a major new version of the leading cross-platform, rapid application development tool based on natural language.

"In our day-to-day life, we see examples every day where language barriers prevent people from getting the jobs they want, solving problems, and integrating socially," said Bill Marriott, Director of Marketing. "Similarly, the steep learning curve and inscrutable grammar of languages typically used on Linux have been a barrier to those who would like to join the development community on that platform, get things done at work, and adopt Linux technology in their business."

Unlike other programming languages, which rely on obscure symbols and complicated structures, Revolution uses plainly understood words and phrases for the bulk of its operations. This enables casual users to ramp up quickly. Advanced users save considerable time because a single Revolution command performs the equivalent work of pages of other kinds of code. And all users are able to return to the programs they've written months earlier and understand them at-a-glance.

Although Revolution has been available for Linux from its beginning, the feature set of the Linux edition lagged behind other releases. Revolution 2.9 delivers the improved graphics, new language capabilities, and performance enhancements introduced to the product line over the last two-and-a-half years, as well as updating the core engine to take advantage of modern user interface standards of today's Linux platform.

The new Linux version extends the ease-of-programming Macintosh users have enjoyed from the days of HyperCard to one of the hottest emerging platforms. "Over the years, Linux has become increasingly user-friendly and more broadly adopted," said Runtime Revolution CEO Kevin Miller. "It's only appropriate Linux users now enjoy the benefits of the easiest, most understandable programming language ever invented, plain English."

Revolution is the only development tool that enables anyone to create true standalone applications for:

* Modern versions of Linux
* Mac OS X, including Leopard
* Mac OS Classic
* Windows Vista, XP, 2000, and 98SE

The Revolution architecture enables users to write their application using the platform of their choice and deploy to virtually every desktop computer in use today with a single command. The applications - unlike Java and other environments - automatically assume the correct appearance and behaviors of the target operating system, without special effort on the part of the programmer.

Miller said Revolution empowers Mac developers to read the broadest possible audience, "Your program automatically takes on the Linux GTK look and feel when you create it. It also works the other way. You can write on Linux then deploy to Vista, and it looks just beautiful." Users do not need to have a copy of the target operating system to create applications for it.

Prior to release and throughout the development process, this version of Revolution was thoroughly tested by more than 800 members of the Revolution developer community over a period of several months.

"Because of the vast combinations of hardware, operating systems, capabilities, and uses possible with Revolution, it's essential to have a diverse range of programmers putting it to task in everyday situations before release," said Miller.

"Compared to our previous Linux version, we identified and addressed more than 1,000 issues, as well as making the product easier to use by implementing several enhancement requests," he said.

Among the usability enhancements is an all-new User Guide about twice the size of previous editions, with more examples and walkthroughs, plus in-depth sections on using the deeper features of the product. New users will have substantial resources for building just-in-time business utilities, database front-ends, professional reports, and Web mashups.

Revolution is available in three editions:

* Revolution Enterprise (US$999), intended for professional programmers
* Revolution Studio (US$399), ideal for consultants and business managers

Revolution Media (US $49), for beginners and hobbyists, will be available shortly.

Previous owners of Revolution enjoy a discount on upgrades. Those with active maintenance agreements receive this version free-of-charge.

About Runtime Revolution
Founded in 1997, Runtime Revolution focuses on bringing user-centric software development to all major platforms: Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Unix. The company is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. For more information on Runtime Revolution, please visit the company on the web at http://www.runrev.com.
© 2008 Runtime Revolution | support@runrev.com

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