@Gavin S The goal of this thread is to bring together people who are interested in this and show Xojo that it would be of value. It's not for one or two people to repeatedly post about how they're not interested.
I receive many requests for work on the Raspberry Pi, and the common denominator for requests from a client and my programming aspects are speed.
- if 64 bit makes Xojo apps run faster with Xojo, then yes.
- if implementing a better/different timer makes Xojo apps run faster with Xojo, then yes
- if optimizing Xojo code makes Xojo apps run faster with Xojo then yes.
- If implementing multi-core use with Xojo makes the apps run faster, then yes.
It really doesn't matter to me if its ARM64 or not, the programs need to run faster with better and finer timing for hardware work with the Raspberry Pi. Will ARM64 implementation make Xojo apps run faster/better?
In my humble opinion, a recurring theme on the Pi (Raspbian), Windows, and other OS's is that the most beneficial way for Xojo to be better is for Xojo code to increase optimization (faster programs, smaller programs, better quality, etc.). This can be broadly be said about all other programming languages and computers.
Xojo seems to be a shell. Meaning that a program to be used with Xojo seems to require plugins, declares, third party libraries, work-arounds, etc. If this is the direction that Xojo want to go, then thats ok, just make it known that this is the direction. To perform electronic work on the Pi (ARM64 or not) requires 3rd party libraries - again Xojo is just a shell. Its not a bad thing, This likely makes it very tough for Xojo to remain in the current market, as there are many different programming shells that heavily rely on third-parties to do the work for them such as Christian and Bjorn for their great plugins.
Adding ARM64 support fits the model of Xojo being a shell. This would allow other businesses to create third-party support for what Xojo doesn't or possibly does not want to create. Its all good, it really seems like Xojo is a shell.
This is just my opinion when looking at Xojo as a paid customer.