ARBP: So Long and Thanks for All The Fish

Volunteer organizations are a difficult thing to get to work.  Recruiting volunteers and getting them to do anything is like herding cats.  It’s a difficult and tiring process, at the best of times, and oftentimes there’s a significant risk of burnout.  Ask any PTA president what it’s like.

Today I am announcing my resignation from the Association of REALbasic Professionals (ARBP).  I was one of the founders and was president until last March.  In the past year I’ve been the treasurer and a Board member.  I am resigning both positions effective immediately.

ARBP started out as a number of blog post exchanges between myself and Norman Palardy.  You can see some of the exchanges in my blog archives here and here.  That happened in December of 2007 and January of 2008.  In 2008 we organized at Real World in Austin, TX and with the help of a very dedicated group of people we got the thing off the ground.

Between 2008 and now, ARBP had 100% turnover in volunteers and board members with the exception of one person (me).  I’ve been the (very) weak glue that’s held everything together.  I was the web admin, blogger, tech support, wrote articles, and much more.  I did pretty much everything at one point or another.

During my tenure ARBP organized two conferences.  The first was in Boulder, Colorado in 2009 and in 2011 we held a much larger conference in Atlanta.  Many people were involved with the organization of those events but as anyone that’s done a conference can tell you there are just a ton of details to work out.  We recorded each conference and they’re still available for paid members at  While I feel they were successful conferences I personally did NOT enjoy them because, well, I was running them.  I recorded every session, burned the video to digital format and got them ready for the website (or mailed them for the Boulder conference) – way more work than one should ever do and not get compensated.

This year I celebrated my eleventh year of Real Studio consulting.  It’s been a very rewarding experience and I am so thankful for clients that keep coming back.  I started out, as many do, as a sole developer.  I added a full-time developer in 2007 and I added another one in 2011.  The commitment to keeping everyone busy (and profitable) is my primary job.  To keep both my business and ARBP going meant compromising both and in the long run my business and my family win out.  Doing all that work for ARBP, for free, just doesn’t make any sense for me at this point in my life.

So, for those of you that I’ve talked to over the years, thank you for you kind words of encouragement.  I hope that our efforts have made your transition to Real Studio easier or at least provided another way of learning Real Studio.  I encourage you volunteer for ARBP.  There are ton of things they want to do and they could really use your help.

I’m not leaving the Real Studio community and I’m sure I’ll see you all again.  Until then, thank you.  Happy Coding!

7 thoughts on “ARBP: So Long and Thanks for All The Fish

  1. Meanwhile the new push on evangelism that was promised from REAL, videos, webinars etc (a few insipid blog posts apart) has yet to materialize.

    • @jjb Have you looked at the RS wiki recently? There ARE changes happening and Paul L. has already said (in the forums) that all of the examples will be updated to work, with no warnings or compile errors, for the new version. Some of these things take time so I’m willing to cut them a little slack.

  2. Bob, thank you for everything you have done for the RealBasic/RealStudio community, including but not limited to the ARBP. We all know you have put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into building it. Thank you.

    Although I was only able to attend one of the two conferences you put on, it was very well done, very well organized and went off without a hitch. And for being so far from the site of the conference and was still able to pull it off at the quality level you did, that is amazing.

    Thank you and hopefully I get to see you soon.

  3. Ditto to Scott’s remarks, Bob. Your work on ARBP has been a labor of love and though I’m sure the organization was not everything you hoped it would be, it has made a real difference in the community and you’re to be commended for all your efforts. Keep up the good fight and use all your extra free time to enjoy life and family. 🙂

  4. Thanks Bob for all you did. I know how much work it is to organize an event. I hope we meet again on one of the future events 🙂
    Just got my 30th participant for London! Will be a nice event. Maybe we can make more of those training + conference events in the future.

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