Yuma brings object-oriented BASIC to web development

July 15, 2008 in iOS Development (E)

[prMac.com] Fort Collins, Colorado - Inspiring Applications, Inc. today announced the release of Yuma, a development tool that enables BASIC programmers to write web software that runs on any major server platform. Yuma users can build dynamic web sites using a readable, object-oriented language similar to VB.NET and REALbasic. Yuma testers have found it to result in faster, more efficient web development than the alternatives they had been using, and find the resulting applications to run very fast too.

Yuma works in conjunction with Apache, a common web server, to provide high throughput. Inspiring Applications president Brad Weber explains, "Unlike most other web development solutions, Yuma pages are automatically compiled all the way to machine code, resulting in very fast performance even in computation-intensive applications." Benchmarks on a prime-number algorithm showed Yuma to be over six times faster than PHP, and nearly 23 times faster than JavaScript.

The Yuma language sports modern features that make development easier and less error-prone, such as strong type-checking, classes, class interfaces, modules, and more. It also includes built-in classes and methods for technologies commonly needed in web apps, including files, email, regular expressions, XML, and session handling. Finally, Yuma can connect to several major database engines: SQLite, PostgreSQL, and MySQL.

Inspiring Applications used an open beta program to get user input about Yuma over the last few months of development. User response was enthusiastic.

Yuma beta tester Jeff Ayling said, "Today I've been working with Yuma and have just finished coding a DB-driven central server to issue unique IDs and manage our users changing ip addresses. What would have taken a number of hours over a day or two in JSP (which I used to use) was finished in a couple of hours! ...And wow, it is lightning fast!"

Yuma user Brad Rhine commented, "I'm so freaking excited about Yuma that I can barely write about it. It's an HTML preprocessor like PHP, but with clean syntax. This is good because PHP is nasty. It's powerful and ubiquitous, but it looks like someone with a mouthful of punctuation sneezed all over my screen. Yuma appears to be powerful, flexible, and reasonably priced. Kudos to Inspiring Applications on this one."

Kim Kohen, a Yuma beta tester, remarked: "I've spent the past week re-writing several hundred lines of PHP code over to Yuma... It has been a delight working with a familiar language and I'm finding the PHP code is often reduced by half in Yuma."

Dave Wooldridge, an experienced PHP, Perl, and ASP user, had this to say: "Over the last couple months, I've been coding in Yuma and LOVE it! Now that I can leverage my many years of REALbasic experience with Yuma, I'm actually really enjoying web programming again!"

The Yuma Enterprise Server runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux, and requires a web server (such as Apache) configured to support an external-module protocol called FastCGI. It costs $149 per server license. The Yuma Development Server also runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It is free and includes a built-in web server in a double-clickable application on all three platforms. It is extremely easy to configure and includes many handy development and debugging features like HTML syntax validation. Both are available at their website.

Inspiring Applications, Inc. is a Colorado-based software engineering firm, founded in 2007 to build unique solutions for its customers and clients.


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