Why Xojo?

People sometimes ask what language I use for software development. For many years now my preferred language has been Xojo. The response to this is normally ‘What’s Xojo?’ and ‘Why use a language nobody has ever heard of?’

Xojo has been around since 1996. It has allowed me to develop applications that run on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS and the Web. You can even develop applications for Raspberry Pi, although I haven’t done so yet.

Xojo and the essential MBS plugins have helped me earn a living for many years and has it remained relevant and contemporary throughout that time. I also find that I can develop much faster in Xojo and provide a solution quicker, which equates to less expense for the customer.

There is a learning curve, but far less than for many other languages, and for me the ability to develop applications that can be compiled for other platforms with minimum changes to the source code, is fantastic.

Most of my users over the years have been running Windows, but I almost always develop on a Mac, a significant plus for me as I don’t enjoy using Windows on my main computers.

Xojo also makes it easy to get into programming, offering a range of purchase options that should suit programmers or hobbyists of any level, as well as providing both student and teacher editions of an ‘Introduction to Xojo Programming‘ textbook.

Cross Platform Development with Xojo

How about a software development environment that lets you create powerful cross platform software for the following platforms:

Raspberry Pi

What about of it lets you use any (or all) of the first three platforms as your development platform? What about if for the Mac you could create ARM Native applications, or X86-64 Intel versions, or even a Universal binary?

There is such a tool and i’ve been using on and off for nearly 20 years. Xojo has had a couple of name changes over the years and it’s current name means that it’s always easy to find it on Google 🙂

I have in the past used Xojo for creating applications for the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Commercial macOS and Windows applications as well as custom applications for paying customers. It truly is an incredible tool and just because you haven’t heard of it doesn’t mean it’s not worth knowing. Xojo has been around since 1997 and continues to get stronger with around four releases per year.

I will be writing far more about Xojo in future, but for now you just get a quick introduction 🙂