[futurebasic] Re: [FB] Future of...

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From: Brian Stevens <bstevens33@...>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 17:25:01 -0700
On Jan 3, 2008, at 4:36 PM, Christopher Wyatt wrote:

> As a REALbasic owner / user, I am wondering what the free release  
> of FB will mean to development of the product?
Hi Chris,

Here is what the FBtoC team is doing:

1) The FB editor is being upgraded and should be converted to a  
universal in the near future.

2) FBtoC will be integrated (we have it working in a test mode) with  
the FB Editor so there isn't a separate step like there is today.

See my final note at the bottom regarding what Staz Software is doing.

> Specifically:
> 1) Will the FB compiler be updated,
The FB compiler as we know it will continue to exist in its current  
capacity. There are technical limitations to its future. Small  
"updates" are possible,  but anything major would essentially be a  
rewrite, which is why we wrote......

> or only the FBtoC converter?

FBtoC (in spite of its name) is MORE than a converter. It has always  
wrapped conversion and compilation (with gcc) together to make it  
seamless for the user. This is where the effort is and will be from  
the FBtoC team (and has been for the last 19 months of development).  
Essentially, FBtoC will be one of the compilers available to use  
within the FB IDE.

> 2) How can we support FB so there is a competitor to RB?!?
Depends what you mean by "support". All of the FBtoC team are  
volunteers and all resources are donated (i.e. web space etc.) . We  
don't have a formal method to either accept or disburse monies  
donated and I don't think we have considered that option. The FB  
community is the list members (both this list and the beta list) and  
their contributions to help other FB programmers are a great help. If  
you have some specific kind of support in mind (i.e. writing code ---- 
how is your C and FB? , other development activities and  
administration), please let us know and we'll see how it fits.

One other thing: to find out what plans Staz Software has, please  
contact Staz directly at staz@... because he doesn't  
monitor this list. Even though we work closely with Staz, the FBtoC  
team cannot speak for Staz's future plans

Brian S.