REALbasic versus Lassosoft comparison

Posted on 2007-10-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-17
Hello, All.

I am seeking to qualify REALbasic or Lassosoft for our future development direction.  We must have cross-platform portability without recoding or converting databses. As to the database of choice, it must pass the ACID standards and scale from small (1-3 developers) to large (hundreds of concurrent users).

Some of the classic languages such as PHP tend to encourage cryptic code and are therefore difficult to maintain by others as they are hard to read.  That is why the Lassosoft IDE seems to make sense, partticularly since it supports many ODBC interfaces.

On the other hand, REALbasic has a true DBMS built in the developer version and the industry-strength REAL SQL Server requires no code change to migrate development to production.

The bottom line ratings we will employ include:
1) Development ease-of-use over faster execution (e.g., English-like syntax and drag-&-drop page development of widgets to a web page with auto-generated event code).  If specific functions require a faster execution, we will pursue them once an application is functional.
2) Standard templates if available for e-commerce functions such as shopping cart
3) CSS support
4) DBMS access code generation for standard SQL accesses including execution of stored procedures and functions
5) Cross-platform code generation.

From what I am reading and testing with the demo models from these two companies, both seem to live up to their billing, but perhaps one company has a user group and/or 3rd-party association supplying pre-packaged applets better than the other.

Any experienced developers have suggestions or advice on benchmarking or value-added comparatives?
Question by:pthomassr
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    Accepted Solution

    One issue with either of these choices is being locked into a single vendor for all future development.  We had a similar choice between to GUI building tools about 10 years ago.  Choice was between SQL WIndows and PowerBuilder.  Turns out neither stood up to the test of time.  Even if they were easier to use the C or C++, they died on the vine and support long term very hard to find.  

    It might be a more difficult task to use Pure Java, but in the long run you would be better able to not only create the cross platform applications but would not be locked into a single IDE or vendor.  

    Good luck!

    Author Closing Comment

    We will likely use RealBasic to rework the application in the near term, and maybe move to Java later.  Java cost so much more in developmengt resources than MS products, LassoSoft, or RealBasic.  And THAT is the largest cost of all, as it never ends with ongoing applications.

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