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The REALbasic Starter Kit executable demonstrates and documents a module of predefined functions that will mainly be of use to new and intermediate REALbasic Developers.

The RB Starter Kit contains an executable for Mac and Windows.

Purchase of the Starter Kit gives you the source code for the examples application. The module that performs the functions remains encrypted but can be used in any of your projects without restriction.

As well as the module that can be used within your own projects, the source code for the examples application can be used to learn how to do things such as automatically creating a more...

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Version 1.0: Includes a Manual and Syntax Highlighter Function


Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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Markus Winter Member IconReview+360
Markus Winter

Even if it would be free I fail to see the value in this even for absolute beginners.

The 12 (!!!) included functions are of the type "Test for file exists" which in REALbasic is just something like

Dim f As FolderItem // reserve a place in memory for a folderitem
f=GetOpenFolderItem(FileTypes1.Quicktime) // open dialog to load a quicktime movie
If f Nil and f,exists then // did the user select a movie? does the file exist?
MoviePlayer1.movie=f.OpenAsMovie // then open the movie
End if

so it just makes it more difficult rather than easier.

Or his "create an email" in REALbasic is simply

Dim mail as EmailMessage

mail = New EmailMessage
mail.fromAddress= EditField_MyEmailAddress.text
mail.subject = EditField_SubjectText.text
mail.bodyPlainText = EditField_email_bodyText.text


As the author also states "Additional functionality was added by the use of plugins from MonkeyBread Software" he might infringe on the copyright of the excellent Monkeybread Software plugins (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/16127, 5 Star ratings) as you are allowed to use them in your compiled apps, but I don't think you can "sublet" them in any form which would be required if he uses them in his encrypted module).

There is a strong suspicion in the REALbasic community that he is just repacking code that others have given away for free. This suspicion stems in part from the fact that his other product REALbasic Syntax Highlighter Module seems to be a repackaged version of Alex Resrepo's SyntaxHighlightEditField which is free

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Version 1.0
Arten Science (Developer)

Your explanation of some of the functions from the Starter kit is evidence for why the kit is useful for beginners, I'm sure they will find it easier to use then your code. But that's your opinion - which is fine.

As for the rest of your comments ...

There is NO MBS functions in the Starter Kit, you should check your facts before opening your mouth.

My Syntax Highlighter is NOTHING to do with anything from Alex Resrepo's code. I am willing to submit the source code to a trusted third party to validate my point - are you willing to write a public apology when proven wrong ?

As for the fact that you are speaking for the 'REALbasic Community' (there is suspicion within the RB Community - your words) - I'm sure the RB Community could do better than you as a representative - if not then it's a community I want no part of.

So, Markus Winter - are you willing to back up your claim regarding my 'repackaging of other peoples code' - I await your response.

Alex Restrepo


I just reviewed the syntax highlighting code, and I can tell you it's definitely not based on mine. Steve's code is keyword-based, while mine is regex-rule based.



Arten Science (Developer) Member IconDev+81
Arten Science (Developer)

Let me know what you would like to see included in this Starter Kit.
Cheers - Steve

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Downloads 681
Version Downloads 507
License Demo
Date 28 May 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $42.00