I’m new here. I shortly present myself.
I’m a freelance professional since 1992. I’m a graphic and web designer with a long time hitch for evolving myself into a developer.
My first time developing something was in basic on a Sinclair ZX81 on its 1Kb RAM.
Later, during the eighties, I worked in Commodore customer care and wrote for an italian Amiga Magazine. In 1992 I discovered to have some talent for design and I shifted my career from “pure tech” (programming&hacking) to “applied tech” (mostly "photoshop"ping&"pagemaker"ing).
For the chronicles, it was about 1996 when I first tried RealBasic. It was a friend of mine, a full time developer, who introduced me to it.
Unfortunately, I dropped it almost immediately because of some problems (errors? I don’t remember…) with the manual.
I couldn’t get over the bugs I found and I stopped trying.
Of course my motivation was not so strong, I was curious and nothing more, but the funny thing is that the same is happening today with Xojo.
Let me tell you.
I “discovered” again Xojo this second time about a couple of weeks ago, while I was looking for multiplatform alternatives to Swift.
I really want to develop for iOS but don’t want to find myself closed into it. When I discovered that Xojo was not only multiplatform, but even the new incarnation of the great classic RealBasic, I immediately installed it and started to read the “Introduction to programming” free book.
And in a few days, the “bug curse” hit me again:
- Section 8.5 - step 5
I typed line for line and run the project and the IDE tells me: “c.DisplayCourse.Info - item doesn’t exist”
This time I said to myself that I could go over it.
Finally, after some tries and some hours of headaches I found a way to solve this issue and now the program worked as intended.
I was still happy for the result when, after a few lines of the manual, I found the same problem with another step:
- 8.5 - Step 10: Me.EnrolledStudents.Append(s)
Of this code, IDE tells: Type “Course” has no member named EnrolledStudent
(Of course the property is in place, with the correct name and type… so what’s the matter!!!)
This is the exact time when I decided to write a post in this forum…
I could think of 3 way to explain this situation:
- I’m totally stupid and I’m doing something so evidently wrong I couldn’t even find it
- Xojo is a big load of bugs (Actually I don’t think so, but of course it’s a possibility)
- The manual is not a manual, but an excercise book where we have to find and solve the bugs. It’s a way to teach us the best developer state of mind: “usually nothing works and you always have to find a way out”
If you cannot confirm any of these hypotesis, please help me overcome this bug because I really want to become a Xojo Pro (and proudly pay my subscription) but I cannot feel like a looser every time I try to learn to use it. I hope you could understand my actual mood
Have a great weekend
MacBook Pro 15 Retina / iMac 27 5K
Xojo 2016 release 3 / MacOS Sierra