Chapter 5. Designing a Desktop Application

THERE ARE TWO PARTS TO REALBASIC. The first part is the language itself and the compiler. This is what turns programming code, written by a human being into machine code, to be read by your computer. The second part is the Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which is the application the developer uses to write REALbasic applications. In other programming languages, these two aspects are distinct pieces of software. In REALbasic’s case, they are tightly integrated. There is no separate compiler to run, nor can you use a different editor to edit REALbasic code (that’s 99% true). If you’re an experienced developer, there may be times when this kind of tight integration feels constricting because you ...

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