Firstly the choice of using WebDev – well that was pretty easy – the main reason is it’s the only platform I know! Well, apart from Clarion, but I want to build a web application and I don’t think using Nettalk is an ideal solution.
The reasons I like WebDev:
- The modern IDE and all the features and tools it offers.
- The utilities that help you optimise your code and especially optimise database access.
- The supplied Hyperfile SQL client-server database seems to work very well and it’s free.
- PCSoft bring out new versions every year with significant improvements and new features.
- There is a mobile IDE (haven’t tried it yet) that, I assume, will enable me to easily create an add-on to the existing web application.
- Deployment and updating of live sites is very easy and the process is built right into the IDE.
- Whilst the community and online resources are nowhere near what you would find for other mainstream platforms I find the community based out of the USA very helpful and I’ve known some of them for many years – lots of ex-Clarion developers.
- The WebDev code is extremely rich and easy to use – similar to Clarion but much better.
- The IDE for building WYSIWYG pages is very good.
- It uses code points very similar to embed points in Clarion.
- The whole way of creating applications feels familiar (to Clarion I guess) and makes sense to me.
- There are loads of ways to hook the pages up to the data.
- All said I think the main reason I like WebDev is that I can build applications very quickly – I would say quicker than I could even build in Clarion – and that’s saying something! This enables me to be competitive in a world full of bright young developers.
What’s the downside:
- It’s not a mainstream platform which means the online resources and support are less readily available. WebDev as a platform choice will be met with some consternation by developers of other mainstream products. But who cares, in my opinion the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. I know I can build, deploy and support applications quickly and easily and my users certainly don’t care what the application is written in.