XojoTalk: Questions for Paul Lefebvre

Hi everyone!

@Paul Lefebvre has been interviewing members of the Xojo community for quite awhile now, but tomorrow I’ll be interviewing him for an upcoming XojoTalk podcast.

If there are any questions that you’d like me to ask him, please let me know.


Oh, very cool! I wish I had thought of that.

The immediate questions:

  1. How did he get started with Xojo?
  2. How did he come to work for Xojo?
  3. Biggest challenges doing all of the documentation and examples?
  4. Most rewarding part of doing all the doc’s and examples?
  5. If there was one thing you could change about Xojo what would it be?

I’m sure I can come up with a few more but that’s a good start.

His strangest/oddest/most maddening professional experience outside of Xojo?

What is his proudest professional achievement?

These are great questions! Thanks!

As most podcasts start with questions about the past, sort of 'where did you come from ? ’ I would like to know from speakers what their opinion is about software-development and Xojo in the future, so ‘where do you want to go to ?’

Btw: I enjoyed last xojo-talk which Carol.

What is the best 8 bit computer system from the 1980’s, and why?

  1. If you were forced to use something other than Xojo, what would it be?
  2. I assume, like me, that you love working from home? What challenges do you have related to that?
  3. Do you like curly braces in code? :slight_smile:
  4. What has been your favorite XDC so far and why?
  5. Largest Xojo project that you have worked on?

There isn’t one
The 68K should have eaten them all alive but … IBM :frowning:

I still have my PDP-11, 6502, and 6809 pocket reference cards for the instruction set. The 8080 was SO inelegant.

Getting further afield, but the TI 99/4A. 8bit with extensible registers. No (for that time) paging limit, very elegant machine instructions, and up to 12MHz clock ability.

Which other Podcasts do you hear and are you inspired from?

You suggest questions (questions from a journalist point of view), but what about answers all of us (or so) would we want to hear ?
(answers for the rest of us)…

I still sometimes dream in 6502 and 6809 mnemonics.
But back in 87 I was done with those days’ tools like PDP-11 and wrote my own 6502 / 6809 / Z80 tools for pc-at in turbo-pascal.

I think a good question to ask would be:

What do you do when you’re not in front of your computer? What other interests do you have?

The TI-99/4A was a 16 bit machine not 8. It was the first 16 bit home computer which is why it was my choice for my first computer.

What is your favourite feature in Xojo?

Which bug would you most like to see fixed?

What would you most like to see implemented?

What do you think is Xojo’s biggest Strength / Weakness?

What would you change about Xojo if you were in charge?

Do you think third-party support actually hampers the development of Xojo itself, resulting in a reputation that is poorer than it should be? For example the reporting tool or database editor in Xojo are atrocious (and have been for years), and the lack of build in standard controls like a date&time control or a dataview often causes bewilderment in people trying out Xojo. Should Xojo just incorporate some of the excellent free controls like date&time, iTunes-like sidebar, etc, and license some others?

What do you know now that you wish you had known a long time ago?

Markus: fantastic questions !

I love that one !

Ask him about Fantasy Baseball, how he got into it, and why he likes it.

If you want do go down that route, which baseball teams does he think can go all the way this year?

So many great questions! This should be a lot of fun!

I think Paul is planning to release the episode just prior to XDC. Stay tuned…