I answer a lot of questions from REALbasic folks. I don’t mind. I enjoy the varied and interesting questions that come up. Sure, some questions seem simple but when you don’t know even the right question to ask using a tool, even as easy as REAL Studio is, is frustrating.
Heck, I’ve been there – I started out knowing nothing 10 years ago. It’s part of the reason why I troll the REAL Software forums and answer questions. It’s part of the reason why I’ve done the video training series (a couple of hours of Web Edition is coming up!) because I’ve found that I enjoy the challenge of getting to know a piece of RB as well as I can. If I can do one thing to help someone else it makes my day.
I helped found the Association of REALbasic Professionals because I (and many others) felt that we needed an association devoted entirely to REALbasic. In a year and half I think we’ve gotten off the ground and doing a decent, (if barely) adequate job. Don’t get me wrong, we have a dedicated presence in the community and the website gets a lot of visits per month. We have some content that you can’t get anywhere else and we have the largest repository of REALbasic projects outside of REAL Software itself (that I’m aware of at least).
We’ve picked up RBGarage which used to be the ONLY way to find RB classes, plugins, modules, and examples. It’s in need of some serious updating and if I had all the time in the world I’d rewrite it using Web Edition. Trust me, it’s on my list of things to do. We also picked up the Windows Functionality Suite. It’s recently been updated to work with REAL Studio 2010 R4 and above, but it’s also in some serious need of attention. It needs better examples and documentation. Again, it’s on my list.
We’ve organized two conferences, the first in Boulder, Colorado in 2009, and now the Atlanta REAL Studio Summit set for March 19th and 20th. Putting together a conference is time consuming and rounding up speakers and getting the details right isn’t as easy as one would think. But again, I’m very excited to be part of it because I know that if I get some things out of it hopefully someone else will to.
But then at time I sit back and wonder why it seems like I’m the only one who cares? ARBP has become a part-time job – that I don’t get paid for. We are in serious need of volunteers and replacements for officers for this all-volunteer organization. I’m an engineer and programmer. I’m not much of a leader – I recognize this and am ready to fade into the background for ARBP. ARBP is in need of the next generation of leadership – people who can lead it into the future and do things better than what we’ve done.
If you think you have the ideas, vision and willpower to drive ARBP forward, I invite you to contact me. If you can make it to the conference in Atlanta on March 19th and 20th I think that would be awesome. Even if you don’t attend the sessions, it will be a good time to meet and greet many people that are heavily invested in REALbasic.
So maybe next time your in the forums you’ll answer a newbie’s question? Maybe you can look at WFS documentation? Maybe you can even help with ARBP? Someone could use the help and maybe you’ll enjoy helping others.