Fact is, RealBasic and Real Studio had a real spontaneous recognition. A recent discussion about books lead me to discover there are much many more books about RealBasic still sold today on Amazon and probably elsewhere. Some of the most active groups happened at that time.
The change of name to Xojo probably happened for a reason, and I can understand the idea of parting from the Basic world. Unfortunately the side effect is that “Xojo” is notoriously unknown. So much so Google translate insists on translating Xojo to RealBasic, as if Xojo was a dialect.
Somehow, the 12+ years momentum of the RealBasic brand has been thwarted to nothing, and the tremendous culture it represented. Culture in the largest sense, which means recognition even from non users.
I know this is a sore point for Xojo marketing, but proof is in the pudding : where are the numerous authors who had glady promoted RealBasic ? Sure, we have our great Eugene Dakin, but where are the printed books ? There still are dozens of printed books about VB, same thing for C or Java, but abolutely none for Xojo. Not even by Xojo itself. So no presence at all in bookstores. I know the future is in tablets and electronic readers, but paper is far from being gone.
I agree. Denial is no way to address the confidential existence of Xojo. I am a definite fan, but precisely, I feel too much shadow is not good for my favorite development tool.
About Meetup.com, I have no opinion. Maybe Xojo being mostly used by individuals or small companies, all that means is that other languages are more common in bigger structures.
The Android thing is a different issue. At the risk of hearing the screams from geese of the Capitol once again, I maintain the Xojo culture is deeply rooted in Apple. Sure, there is some level of Windows support. But mostly on a folding seat.
All the rest is engrained in Apple technology. Heck, even Linux is somewhat related to the Unix underlaying structure of Mac OS X. iOS is a logical choice for a company that masters Mac OS X technology. After all, even if system calls have different names, they are often very close in syntax.
Android sitting on Java is a horse of a different color. The technology is quite different. That, plus the regularly presented objection that Java executables can be decompiled, is probably the best excuse for Xojo to stay away from something they probably fear not being able to succeed with. Amazingly, the request to support Android is solid second, just behind 64 bit that is currently in the pipeline and will be supported in 2015R3. That should give a hint to Xojo about the interest of exploring that venue. But by the same token, iOS has been a request for many years before it came to be. Well ; it is not even quite adult yet.
As I said above, I believe Xojo feels small is beautiful, and does not want to grow too much. I don’t mind at this time. Basic4Android works fine. Sure, it is not quite Xojo, but it is enough for me. But I do believe indeed that a company that presents itself as a champion of cross platform cannot for very long maintain that claim without supporting over 50% of all the computing devices combined.