Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cocoa Update

Now that REALbasic 2009 R4 is shipping, many of you are wondering about the status of our transition to Cocoa for our Mac OS X framework. For those of you are are not aware of this, we are transitioning our underlying Mac OS X framework from Carbon to Cocoa. For the most part, this won't affect the code you write in that we are making these changes under the hood so you will continue to use the same classes you use today.

We are nearly feature complete on our Cocoa framework. There are only a handful of controls left to do. Those on the beta list have been seeing our progress as we have released betas of previous releases (including R4). Once we are feature complete, we will start the final beta process, most likely within the next 30 days. At that point, we will take as long as is necessary to make sure the Cocoa framework is stable. And our plan is to ship the IDE based on Cocoa at the same time. The IDE is a large, complex project and is a good test case for the stability of the new Cocoa-based framework.

If you are interested in beta testing the new Cocoa-based framework, make sure you join the beta list. You can do so by signing into your account on our web site and clicking on the Beta Program link on the right side of the page.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm in the beta program and I don't see anything. I did see the R4 versions but nothing to indicate cocoa. What am I missing?

Geoff Perlman said...

The betas have all had the Cocoa option available in the Build Settings dialog.

Steve Garman said...

I suspect Anonymous' problem may be that betas rarely appear on the beta download page these days. To see them all, download directly from the mailing list.