Should the iPad include something like HyperCard?

One of the things that I’ve been wondering a lot lately is how in the world can I learn how to write an application for the iPad in a hurry because I have all these ideas in my head that need to come out. It is one thing to already know how to crank out iPad code, it is another to try to figure out how to use Apple’s development tools and to think about the daunting task of getting your application thru the approval process and then finally out to the user community. Apple’s two known solutions are to write an application with their tools or to simply create a website with HTML and the like (which doesn’t require approvals because you would get to it thru Safari on the iPad).

And today, I found this article proposing a tool like HyperCard needs to be included with the iPad. HyperCard was simple. I used it a lot back in the 80’s and early 90’s. I even taught a class for the local Mac user group for a while. Altho HyperCard was incredibly useful, there were still some I think who didn’t get it and it was killed by Apple (Steve). There was also a lot of stuff created that wasn’t very useful or very elegant. But that didn’t mean it was bad, but some may have perceived it as being so. The thing about HyperCard was that it allowed non-programmers to develop their own applications without having to know how to program. It even taught many the ideals of object oriented programming.

I doubt however that it is going to happen. I believe Apple wants the truly elegant solutions to come to the iPad and those should be written by folks who know user interface design and programming.

So, if you’re interested, please read Dale Dougherty’s article over on O’Reilly Radar. There are lots of interesting comments there as well!


(Photo credit: snap from the Wikipedia entry for HyperCard)

1 thought on “Should the iPad include something like HyperCard?

  1. It sounds like our product would be ideal for you – a Hypercard successor, rapid application development environment with an easy-to-use syntax and a product in pre-alpha, revMobile, that will deploy to the iPad by launch.

    We have an entry-level offering, revMedia, which is free – and as such limited to deploying to our browser plugin – but you could certainly get to grips with the language and explore the environment before trying out our commercial level software like revStudio or revEnterprise. Both of these add the ability to deploy your apps to the desktop of machines running Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, as well as the browser plugin.

    Lastly revMobile is our exciting pre-alpha product that is due to ship around November and will allow deployment to Windows Mobile, Nokia Maemo and the Apple iPad and iPhone. We currently have pre-alpha versions of iPhone and Windows Mobile available, and while these cannot currently deploy to the app store (they can deploy to your personal handset for testing though), they host a wide range of features to allow you to begin to create your applications, even with limited experience. Be sure to also check out the video tutorial series we have begun for the iPhone, at

    Kind regards,

    Ben Seven

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