That’s more than fair and generous of Garry! I left Xojo before XUI came out, but it looks to me like a lot of attention to detail went into it, definitely a lot of work!
I’ve decided to completely open source my cross-platform XUI Desktop framework. Mostly this is due to a lack of sales but also because I am focussing on other languages at the moment and am not spending a great deal of time with Xojo.
Even if the author also gives other reasons, the “lack of sales” naturally catches the eye.
For me it wasn’t even that, but the “lack of interest”. My Web2 plugins have always been freeware, but there were no more than 37 download hits in total.
Of course, MBS and Einhugur as plugin vendors are still set, because every beginner quickly learns that they can’t get any further without them, but unfortunately the already high pressure is likely to increase even more.
This means that people are being punished again for putting parts of their business on Xojo because of a tool that has been unworldly and in agony for quite some time.
Unfortunately, for me, these are all signs that the platform can no longer be taken seriously from a commercial point of view. Too bad, but that’s the way it is.
But who knows, maybe Garry’s decision is the first step in Xojo’s and other plugin producers’ decision to go open source after all. I know that can only be written on April 1st. That’s not going to happen, and I think that sadly spells Xojo’s (and its ecosystem) fate.
I once announced the end of Blackberries in companies at a Google event and was laughed at (though the writing was on the wall, I’m not a genius), let’s see if I’m wrong this time.
For those who don’t want to mess with TOF, here’s the direct link to XUI: