REAL Studio Magazine May-June 2011

Issue 9.4 of Real Studio Magazine is out.  In this issue there’s a lengthy article about the Atlanta Real Studio Conference hosted by the Association of REALbasic Professionals (ARBP) and Real Software.  The big news is that I am no longer the president of ARBP.  I have truly enjoyed my time guiding the fledgling organization but after three years of organization and two conferences it’s time for me to move on.  I’m not going away as I’m staying on as treasurer for at least a year.  If you didn’t know, ARBP paid members can access the conference videos after logging in to the ARBP website.  Direct link to the session list.

My Briefs article is titled When a Handshake Just Isn’t Good Enough – Why A Contract Is Necessary where I relate about how a recent client stiffed me out of some serious money owed to me.  Of course I didn’t have a contract with him because of the referral and the connections this client has with Real Software and the RealBasic community.  Learn from my mistake and always have a contract in place before doing work!

And, as always there’s a plethora of good information and reviews in the magazine and I highly recommend getting it.  It’s not just for beginners as there is good information for all skill levels.

Atlanta Real Studio Videos are Posted

If you missed THE Real Studio event in North America in March, you can still join in on the fun.  The Association of REALbasic Professionals (ARBP) posted the videos of the conference on their website at http://www.arbpmembers.org.  It is available to all paid memberships and to conference attendees.

It has been my honor and privilege to help birth ARBP and lead it these past two and a half years.  It is time for me to pass the baton to new leadership and see how the organization grows from here.  I’ve helped organize two conferences as well as get the organization going and I’m ready to relax for a while (though I’m sure you can’t get rid of me that easily).

I hope that you consider helping the organization out.  The more individuals we have helping spread the word, the better it becomes.  I’m sure I’ll post more details later.

2011 Real Studio Atlanta Conference Wrap Up

Conferences are always nice because you make connections with people new to you and you get to renew connections with old friends and it was no different with the 2011 Real Studio Summit in Atlanta this past weekend.  Forty-three people from around the world (quite a few Europeans were there as well as Australians) joined us for the two day event.

Despite my initial misgivings about the location, most conference attendees gave it a big thumbs up for a convenient location.  Being 10 minutes from the airport made it easy for everyone to get there.

Geoff Perlman, CEO of Real Software, showed us some upcoming UI changes to the Real Studio IDE that I think everyone will like as it eliminates some mousing.  Of course I will have to reserve judgement on it until I actually use it 8 hours a day, but from the sneak peak he gave us it will be a nice change.

Real Software also presented some of their insights into Web Edition and Paul Lefebvre did a followup session showing a Web Edition application in action.

The sessions were interesting.  I always learn something in a session even if it’s in a topic that I think I know rather well.  My own session on Reporting tools for Real Studio seemed to be well received (at least no one threw anything at me) with the Roth Software folks showing me some upcoming features in their product, RSReport, that made me very excited.  Can anyone say ‘runtime interaction’ in your reports?

Also good news is that we found a new board of directors for ARBP and by the end of April my presidency of the organization will be over.  It’s been a long two and a half years and it’s time for others to lead.  Putting on the conference will be it for me.  The only thing I have left is to process the videos (close to 13 hours!) so it can eventually go on the website for ARBP members to view.

More, I’m sure, in the upcoming weeks and months as I get some sleep.

2011 Atlanta Conference Friday Night

Friday night at the 2011 Atlanta Real Studio conference:  a good time was had by all reconnecting with old friends and meeting up with new ones in the hotel lobby and restaurant/bar.  It’s always nice to see everyone and hearing about the eclectic, and interesting, uses that developers find for Real Studio.

Tomorrow will be an early day with breakfast and registration starting at 8:00 AM.  First up, I give a (very) brief introduction and Geoff Perlman will do his opening keynote on what’s coming up in Real Studio.  I’m looking forward to it as I’m sure there will be some surprises.

It will be a long day so I’m signing out.  Talk to you soon.

The 2011 Atlanta Summit

Well, I’m finally in Atlanta for the 2011 Real Studio Summit.  It seems like it’s been a long time in the making.  No, in reality, it HAS taken us a long time to get this thing going.  After an abortive attempt at getting it for last fall it fell through to this spring.

I think we’ve also done an excellent job at keeping the costs down.  We’re staying at Holiday Inn just outside of the Atlanta airport.  It’s nice and relatively new and there are a ton of new hotels in the area.  But there are few restaurants so it’s not a place to go roaming about on foot.

The family and I went down to Olympic Park and visited the World of Coca Cola and ate at a local bistro just a block away.  Olympic Park is nice and there are quite a few hotels there – including a Holiday Inn.

So, I think if I have any say in future RB conferences I’ll try to pick a more tourist friendly location.  Of course, that means it’ll probably be more expensive.

For those of you on Twitter, you can follow the events going on at that conference by searching for the tag #Real2011.

More as events unfold.

REAL Studio Summit Session Schedule

I posted the tentative schedule for the 2011 REAL Studio Atlanta Summit at http://www.arbpmembers.org/real-studio-summit-2011/schedule.  It’s a busy schedule and it will probably change as we get closer.  Perhaps Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning we will have two sessions going at a time.  Either way, the sessions will be recorded and be available for viewing to attendees and ARBP paid members at a later date.

We added an additional speaker and session.  Marc Zeedar, from REAL Studio Developer Magazine, will do a session on how to get help in REAL Studio.  Marc has his finger on the pulse of the RB community so this should be a great session.  I think this is a nice addition because some of the session topics may be intimidating for developers new to REAL Studio.

Hope to see you all there!

Last Week For Early Adopter Pricing For Atlanta Summit

Quick update on the ARBP and REAL Software Atlanta Summit.  This is the last week to get the early adopter pricing.  Purchase seats before February 1 to get the reduced price of $350.  After that it’s the full price of $450.  ARBP paid memberships get a reduced rate (check the discounts pages for coupon codes).

As of this morning, we have confirmed attendees coming from Europe and Australia and, of course, from all over the United States.  This is an excellent opportunity to talk REALbasic with others that know REALbasic.  This is THE place to find REALbasic developers for your Macintosh, Linux, Windows and Web projects and also a good place, as a developer, to find some work.  Certainly this conference is a good way to network with the REALbasic community.

Geoff Perlmann and Thom McGrath from REAL Software are presenting several sessions which should be a lot of fun.  They’ll be presenting about the new Web Edition and upcoming features.  If I was a betting person I would bet that REAL Software will show off something very different at the conference (don’t ask because I don’t know what it is).

So there you go.  What are you waiting for?  Come join us for what promises to be a very fun time.  Get your geek-on!

More information on the conference can be found at http://arbpmembers.org/real-studio-summit-2011.  Complete session list is at http://arbpmembers.org/real-studio-summit-2011/sessionspeaker-listing.

REAL Studio Summit 2011

Welcome to 2011.  I hope that you, and your family, have a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!

If you’ve not heard about it already, THE REAL Studio event of the year is happening on March 19th and 20th in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Association of REALbasic Professionals (ARBP) and REAL Software are hosting the REAL Studio Summit 2011.

That’s just 10 weeks away!  There is still time to sign up and save some cash.  Until the end of January the cost is only $350 but after that it’s $450.

Nowhere else will you get as high a density of REALbasic developers in one location.  Currently there are REALbasic developers coming from across the United States, Europe and possibly Australia to come together to talk about our favorite development tool – REAL Studio!

This conference is shaping up nicely because there are topics that should interest many people.  If you want to learn more about the new Web Edition there’s a session on that.  Learn how to get your apps ready for the Mac App Store.  Learn about Cocoa and what’s going to be forthcoming in REAL Studio.  Learn how to manipulate PDF’s in your RB applications.  That’s just a few of the highlights.  See the complete session and speaker list at http://arbpmembers.org/real-studio-summit-2011/sessionspeaker-listing.

Some argue that conferences are a waste of time and resources and that you can do the same thing electronically.  I disagree, for many reasons.  There is something special about people coming together to discuss any particular topic.  Being able to sit across the table and look someone in the eye is an important quality that we overlook a lot of times.  I know I trust people more when I’ve met them in person than I do when I haven’t.

In years past (at REAL World events and the Colorado Summit ’09) I’ve found that the time in-between sessions is, in many ways, more valuable than the sessions themselves.  Developers that are business competitors discuss what they do to find clients.  They discuss the realities of being a business owner.  They discuss things face-to-face that they’d never do electronically.  Of course everyone gets something different out of conferences but I’ve found them invaluable as a RB consultant.

It’s also a place where work can be found.  I’ve not been to a conference where there wasn’t someone looking for a REALbasic developer.  Since there is no higher concentration of RB developers than at these conferences it’s an excellent way to find developers and find work.  Plus, you never know when another developer might have a lead and they’re too busy to work on so networking with other developers is always a good idea.

REAL Studio is made in REALbasic and it’s awesome that RS ‘eats its own dog food’ but we, as users, don’t necessarily have the same needs.  Many of todays biggest features have been discussed (ad nauseum it seems) at past conferences before they were implemented so don’t underestimate the power of cornering discussing things with an RS engineer.

I’m excited about this conference and I can’t wait to see you there.  See you in Atlanta in March!