Windows, Linux, MacOS


Extremely well built, powerful and complete IDE. Very professional working environment RAD. Valid alternative to VisualBasic. It has hundreds of commands and functions. The developers more attentive may notice a little of Rapid-Q inside RealBasic this because RealBasic Inc. hired Willam Yu - the creator of Rapid-Q - in 2000. RealBasic is a fully featured object oriented programming language. It supports inheritance, interfaces and polymorphism. It includes more than 40 native user interface controls such as buttons, fields, lists, sliders, tab panels, etc. It has a 2D vector graphics engine for spline-based images and a real-time 3D engine. It supports sprite animation such as interactive sprite surface with built-in collision detection. RealBasic offers socket control to enable the development of powerful Internet client applications and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) support so web services may be incorporated inside applications quickly and easily. Unfortunately it creates large stand alone EXEs (2.56Mb). RealBasic web site offers a free VB code conversion utility that should convert VB files to RB code where possible. Latest version is RealBasic 2006. It has been improved with new features such as application localization, a new IDE scripting tool that automates tasks, new events that react to the mouse, new datatypes so to be more compatible with VB6 and a improved support for Novell Linux Desktop. You must take a look at it.
April 2007. John wrote: ┬źDon't say RealBasic is well built. While I agree that it has the potential to be a great product (no doubt about that), it's however the many bugs people continuously have which it demonstrate it is a bad product. You can check the forum. Many posts of people getting annoyed about the many bugs. I had to try it myself with demos of 3 different versions of RealBasic over the last few years and it often took me not more than a few minutes to find the first bug. I hate that this is the way it is, because the program has so much to offer, but the many bugs (some leading to crashes) really turned my away from it. Every time I think they improve, but each time it's the same misery again.┬╗ (Jonh sent the message on April 2007, but I forgot to insert it till now, May 2008). Sorry John.
2012-2013. RealBasic has been discontinued in favor of Xojo a "multiplatform desktop and mobile development programming language" that uses the same IDE of RelBasic. RealStudio decided to rebrand RealBasic explaining that "Xojo has nothing to share with BASIC but its philosphy and its easiness".

Rated 2.2/5 upon 43 votes
Review updated: 2014-05-15 RealBasic homepage
josewh 2014-08-16 18:48
It is not called Realbasic but Xojo
dellroyGM 2012-12-31 0:24
I got RealBASIC in 2007 when they were distributing the Linux version for free. It is no longer free, and the 2007 version won't work on fedora 15. It was great while it lasted.
h8cbv 2010-01-10 2:06
I find it very Basic-like, everything is basic and it is cross-platform. Very powerful and it compiles the same source code for MAC, Windows 2000 and up, and Linux GTK++ I don't see why people complain about it, I have the professional version and it does more than what it says it does
Laurence S. Martin 2009-09-02 7:52
I have written code in almost every version of basic, mainframe, Mini-Computer and Micro-computer. This just is not basic, it looks interesting but the syntactical structure is different from basic.
RB user 2009-08-11 19:06
anyway RB better than and Delphi because of i finished 5 small database projects (4600$ income) in 2 month and i spend only 1500 to buy RB Studio 2009 R3
Tim 2009-03-21 12:59
The build apps are indeed large, one simple service application I have that has TCP socket and some simple polling thing is about 1,16 MB. On the other hand, an application that has about 80.000 lines in its source code is about 22 MB which I find reasonable. It does have bugs like any other IDE has. The crashes luckily are rare nowadays. One has to understand that their development process is very open: any use can sign up to give a test drive on upcoming alpha- and beta versions and new releases come out 4 times a year. They also do respond on support requests and bug reports well. So far I've got better service than in the days I was using Borland - that really can't be described as bug-free either.

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