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The Xojo programming language is part of the larger Xojo Integrated Development Environment (IDE), developed and commercially marketed for software development.

The Xojo IDE is unique in that it integrates all of the essential components into a single package, whereas these components (layout editor, code editor, compiler, and debugger) would exist as separate applications. However, Xojo streamlines the development process by providing a unified environment where developers can design user interfaces, write code, and compile their applications.

Xojo is a cross-platform development tool that enables developers to create applications for desktop, web, and mobile platforms, including macOS, Linux, and Windows. Xojo allows programmers to build software that runs seamlessly across these operating systems. Xojo also supports iOS, Android, and even Raspberry Pi development.

The Xojo language was designed with several key goals in mind: simplicity, cross-platform compatibility, object-oriented programming (OOP), and rapid development.

Xojo aims to be accessible to both beginners and experienced developers. With the goal of simplicity, its syntax is straightforward and easy to learn. Xojo embraces object-oriented programming principles, allowing developers to build modular and maintainable code. Xojo emphasizes speed, enabling developers to swiftly create functional prototypes and production-ready applications. Its primary strength comes from its ability to create applications that work seamlessly across different platforms.

While Xojo is an original language, it draws inspiration from other programming languages, such as Visual Basic (VB), Java, and Delphi, each of which has contributed to its intuitive syntax and familiar constructs.

Like VB, Xojo emphasizes ease of use and visual development, although its cross-platform capabilities set it apart. Xojo shares the OOP features of Java but provides a more concise syntax. Unlike Java, Xojo doesn't require a virtual machine for execution. Both Xojo and Delphi focus on Rapid Application Development (RAD), but Xojo's cross-platform nature gives it an edge.

Initially known as REALbasic, Xojo debuted in the late 1990s, and it has continued in active development, with the most recent release (as of this writing) in January 2024.

Xojo offers a commercial license for professional developers and a free version for hobbyists and limited-scale projects.

The Xojo IDE is free to use for learning and development, but compiling or deploying applications with Xojo requires a license. Multiple license levels are available for purchase, enabling desktop, web, iOS, and Android. Xojo Pi for building applications for Raspberry Pi is free.

Licenses can be purchased a la carte, in any combination required, and include one year of access to new releases. Xojo Pro, a bundle, includes the ability to compile for desktop, iOS, web, and console, along with technical support, access to consulting leads, and a license that will work on three machines. Xojo also offers a Pro Plus license that includes everything in Xojo Pro and installation on up to six devices.

Its features include cross-platform development, native code compilation, database connectivity, GUI design, event-driven programming, and web and mobile development. The professional version is well-suited for developing business software (inventory management, customer relations management, and accounting), educational applications (interactive learning platforms), custom utilities, and cross-platform games.

Xojo's simplicity, cross-platform capabilities, and rapid development features make it an excellent choice for developers seeking to create versatile applications across different operating systems and devices.

Given that Xojo is a commercial product, there are not a lot of third-party resources for the language, but Xojo provides a wealth of resources on its website, some of which will be listed below.

Topics related to the Xojo programming language and IDE, as well as documentation, tutorials, support forums, and other resources, are the focus of this portion of our guide to computer programming languages.



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