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From:  "Gerome GUILLEMIN" <>
Date:  Mon Jul 2, 2001  5:23 pm
Subject:  Looking into Rapid-Q

Hi all,

This is the last official E-mail from William Yu.
Please check it entirely !

Web site : ( My FREE Basic Script Language )

For my personal touch, William is a great guy and has left us a good
compiler ( that had given me ideas to build mine ;) )

---- Last William's Mail to the group ---- ( Archived from this group )


I have remained silent through all of this, and I apologize for
leaving people in the dark about the current situation. I had a letter
written up a few weeks ago, but I never posted. To be quite honest I
didn't know what to say. For one thing, and I hope people truely believe
this but, all the time I've spent on Rapid-Q was one of the most enjoyable
experiences in my life because of the great people on the mailing list. I
know how it looks now, like I've double crossed everyone here who's helped
me along the way, but I did not go into this demanding anything, and I
hope there's no one here who feels that they demand something now. I
created Rapid-Q to help people get started on Windows programming, and I
believe that I have, but I'm not going to make any apologies for my
decision. I know this situation has upset a lot of people, but please
take away the blame on Geoff and put it where it really belongs, me. It's
not like I didn't know what I was getting myself into, because I did.

I can understand the frustration in not open sourcing Rapid-Q in the
first place, and I do feel like I let people down because of it, but would
it have cost me my job here, perhaps. I don't know how many here have
worked on a project for over a year to just let it go public. Just ask Max
Reason to open source XBasic when he first created it, or Carl Gundel for
that matter. No one is obligated to do anything. If this is a character
flaw on my part, then you must make your own assumptions, are we all bad
because we don't open source our creations? Rapid-Q, as it stands today,
is still fully useable without royalties. No one here, or anywhere else,
can tell you otherwise, Rapid-Q is still free for public consumption, it's
just that it will no longer be maintained as Rapid-Q. It may someday
manifest as REALbasic to some degree.

The facts are, I could have made more money working at McDonalds than
the time spent on Rapid-Q and what Geoff has offered me to stop working on
it. So if you think I'm selling out, so be it. I'm not perfect, we all
have tough decisions to make, I'm thinking about my future right now, so
if this seems selfish of me, then I can't help you there either. We all
want to feel like we're doing the right thing, I can't tell you that I am,
I can only ask for your forgiveness for my mistakes, and if you feel this
is one of them, then you'll know that I'll be paying for it sooner or

I hope this letter didn't sound too formal, I hope nothing like this
ever happens again either, to me or anyone else. I share in your pain, it
hasn't been easy to walk away from people such as Gerome GUILLEMIN, Steven E,
B, Erlend, Thomas S, Jordi, Pavel, Bryn, Andrew G, and all those who've
offered their support and constructive criticism. They're all great people
and I'm sure you'll all do great things. Thank you for believing in
Rapid-Q and for your countless time and energy devoted to helping it
succeed, I just hope this experience doesn't stop you from believing in
projects like this. I know we've all learned something from this whole

I'm sorry it has come to this, I really feel bad for not saying
something sooner, but I hope that this message at least clarifies some
things, good or bad, I'm sure you'll let me know. You're all free to
speak up, I'm glad most of you have, and the mailing list will not be
terminated unless everyone here leaves. The Rapid-Q page will still
remain, but it may be moved in the future, you will all know if or when it
does. I still have yet to settle in, as I am writing this up in my hotel
room, but hopefully we can all move on from this and be better off for it.

Thanks for your attention and support,
William Yu


> Hello,

> (I'd posted this to the Rapid-Q ezBorad forum but since I've just
> found this group and belive this one to be more active, I'll post
> here too.)

> I've just discovered Rapid-Q and would like to know why people use
> this language. That is, there are so many and I'm just wondering why
> anyone would choose this one over any other.

> On this page:
> It says that Rapid-Q is no longer supported. Is that true?

> Regarding the last statement, after some more research I've found
> that this is true. Has anyone tried contacting Mr. Yu and asking him
> for the source code? This would probably be great for Open Source.

> Thank you for your time in answering.

> Sincerly,
> vbMark

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