It has been a busy month of April at the Runtime Revolution HQ - last week we witnessed the release of Revolution 3.5, with its data grid and behavior scripting, and this week they've announced the On-Rev web hosting initiative.
Since the unveiling of the RunRev web strategy at the runrevlive '08 conference, last year in Las Vegas, Rev-afficionados around the globe have been eagerly anticipating the day where they can do away with the mix-and-match (or should that be 'mismatch'?) of technologies needed to build modern, Internet-enabled applications.
With the Revolution of the Future, developers will finally be able to build those same solutions with a comprehensive technology stack based on one language, and have it work as a desktop application or in a web browser, backed by business logic with database access on the server-side.
Java promised us this 15 years ago, and then kinda-sorta forgot about this promise. Granted, Java SE 6u10 finally fixed the Applets experience, and Java EE 5 definitely simplified server-side development; but in their panic to provide an alternative to Flash, they produced JavaFX with a new scripting language that doesn't even work like Java.
In short, I think the RunRev team has a winner on their hands - and I am definitely looking forward to putting these new Revolution technologies to good use.