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Message from phoopes@standrews-de.org

Bill (and others), The thing he should really check out is Xojo (www.xojo.com). Its a cross-platform IDE that works for many platforms (Win, Mac, Linux) and even creates pretty slick web apps as well. IDE is free to download and play with. It used to be called Real BASIC, as the language is BASIC and its designed for people who have used Visual Basic. I'm already deploying a web app using it and I've used it in the past for simple desktop apps for administrative functions. Hope this helps. Peter Hoopes Director of Technology St. Andrew's School phoopes@standrews-de.org ===================== ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Thanks Peter. I tried Xojo out and found I could create something simple in it in a few minutes from my old Visual Basic 6 knowledge without having to look at any tutorials.  (The autocompletion recommendations in the IDE work great.)  I also see Xojo offers a free Introduction to Programming textbook.

Did you get an academic discount or did you have to pay the $400 for a single Xojo web license.  That's not all that expensive for an app developer, but it's a little expensive for one teacher who might write only a couple of simple programs in one year.

I was thinking the pricing would be more palatable if multiple people could use the free IDE to write the programs than I complied them and put them on a website for use by just having one web license. However, the usage agreement indicates using the license to package someone else's code is a violation. I could imagine a teacher wanting to do this in a programming class too.

Thanks,
Bill


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Message from phoopes@standrews-de.org

Xojo (formerly RealBASIC) is a young company that has worked with schools for a while. They had (and may still have) an entire OOP curriculum available as well. I was going to use it one year when it look like I might have to teach programming. I would give them a call and ask about licensing options. I imagine they have a program for schools. ===================== Peter Hoopes Director of Technology St. Andrew's School phoopes@standrews-de.org ===================== ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.