May 2, 2005

Why companies should consider using portable tools

Author: Ian Palmer

Instead of using new software development technology
each time another computer operating system platform
becomes the flavor of the month, companies should
encourage their software developers to use portable
tools and leverage existing skills, said Geoff
Perlman, president and CEO of REAL Software Inc. in
Austin, Texas.

"With our product, we make it possible for the
software developer to write software for multiple
platforms rather than learning the platform APIs for
Windows, for Linux, for Macs," he remarked, talking
about his company's REALbasic application. "There are
people who are experts in any one of those platforms,
but [there are] very few that are experts in all. And
even if you want to be an expert, there's a tremendous
learning curve."

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