Remember when Claris’ talented product management declared FileMakers’s php API deprecated because it was not ‘modern’ enough. In reality it was done to force customers using their metered data API. Who’s not modern enough now?
Come on this Index is nothing but kinda Hipster Index. You clearly see Objective-C trending when iPhone and MacOS came along in 2010-2012. Same with Java in the mid 2000 years. I see the product life-cycles of Business Software. This might explain the sharp increase of Visual Basic and PHP today. We will see the same for Python maybe in 10 years.
This index shows everything and nothing… like the Oracle in Delphi (the ancient greek city not the language)
I thought this index was based purely on Search Engine queries related to the language, the assumption being the more it is search, the more likely it is being used… Which isn’t always the case, I have search RUST, GO and others, and have never once written a line of code in any of those
TBH: I am surprised it was ever in the Tiobe index top 100.
At this point it is becoming harder to deny the dramatic drop in Xojo customers. Nearly every 3rd party add-on developer is suffering. There is one who claims everything is fine, but I am suspicious, especially as they say they believe in Xojo’s strategy.
A rapid decline in customers purchasing 3rd party add-ons indicates Xojo has lost a significant number of customers who’re using Xojo in the capacity to warrant investment in 3rd party add-ons. As this continues to decline and 3rd party components die and rot on the vine, this makes it more difficult for people to use Xojo to build the apps they want, which will lead to further decline in Xojo customers.
Xojo’s biggest problem right now is that Geoff is continuing to let long-time skilled customers walk away in anger. Until Geoff realizes how much he needs capable customers, the decline isn’t going to stop.
The professional developer as a customer - that train has departed for Xojo with the advent of API2 and Android.
Other IDE providers and programming languages make great progress every year. Xojo doesn’t and just can’t do because of a lack of resources.
This leaves plug-in providers in a bad situation. Hobbyist coders won’t pay for a collection of plug-ins. That cost comes on top of the Xojo license and with the latest price increase Xojo started eating the plug-in provider’s lunch.
Sometimes I wonder if all this isn’t just a cynical business move to milk the product for as long as possible while investing as little as possible. It would explain alot … the abandonment of pro or even relatively experienced devs, the use of pure window dressing and BS in marketing, which will only work, to an extent, on noobs … and get those people invested to where they will not leave at the first whiff of ill treatment.
If you put that together with Geoff’s age … how many years does the edifice have to toddle along before it’s time for him to retire anyway?
There’s a lot of this cynical corporate overlord stuff going on throughout the economy – why not at Xojo?
This isn’t mutually exclusive with Geoff overestimating his own genius or insight or management chops, or being delusional about things that he thinks will work that simply will not. Both could be in the mix.
Judging from what Geoff says vs what he does, he either thinks he is, or wants to appear as, a thoughtful philosophical being with a moral compass, and so I’m not suggesting he sees himself as a cynical captain of industry, purely about maximizing shareholder value (which in this case is probably his personal net worth). But people are complicated and regularly hold logically inconsistent views.
API2 and Android look like as if costed a lot of resources… Just in a really stupid way of invest them
"Insanity (stupidity?)is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”…
But a narcisit with a self image of a genious will do the same and blame everyone else for the poor outcome (its the trolls fault)