I love the t-shirts that say, “No, I won’t fix your computer.” I’m thinking about getting one that says, “No, I won’t fix your Real Studio project.” Or maybe I should just add that to my email signature.
It’s odd, I’ve been part of the community for well over a decade. I have done a lot of writing, blogging, tutorials, and examples about Real Studio. I’ve always had the occasional “can you please help me with X Real Studio problem” sorts of questions. Depending upon how much work they’ve already tried to put into it (and articulated it to me in their request) I will occasionally write back. The past couple of months, however, I’ve had, on average, an email a week with someone asking me about generic questions about Real Studio. What’s worse, is that some of the recent emailers have been asking for whole, and complete, projects. So here is my official stance on this.
You should ask your questions on the Real Studio forums. They are found at http://forums.realsoftware.com and many fine people (including me) post answers there. Chances are your question has already been asked and answered years ago (I know searching isn’t an instant gratification but you should really try it sometime). You can try StackOverflow at http://stackoverflow.com but that’s not a very active site for Real Studio users. You can also try the Network Users Group (NUG) mailing list. You can find the archives at http://www.realsoftware.com/listarchives/realbasic-nug/ and somewhere, I’m sure, you can find directions on how to sign up for it. Many Real Studio old-timers hang out in that list.
There are many ways to get your questions answered. I should probably be your last resort unless you want to become my client.