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.

Contributing To the Community

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.

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!

Windows Functionality Suite Now Hosted by ARBP

Quick note.  ARBP is now hosting the Windows Functionality Suite.  Official announcement at http://arbpmembers.org/arbp-blogs-and-opinions/article/3-ARBP%20Blogs/229-windows-functionality-suite-blog

More info on Windows Functionality Suite at http://arbpmembers.org/windows-functionality-suite.  We at BKeeney Software have found the Windows Functionality Suite to be very valuable in creating excellent Windows applications.  It has many functions that add the finishing touch to a Windows app that many users expect.

It was originally written by Aaron Ballman, a former engineer at REAL Software.  Since he no longer works for the company it has languished from lack of attention and in recent releases of REAL Studio it no longer works out of the box.  We are looking for a few individuals to help spearhead the effort to update it for use with modern versions of REAL Studio.  I don’t think it will take much work, just someone to be in charge of tracking and merging changes and maybe creating some new documentation and example projects.

REAL Studio 2010 Release 4

Over on the ARBP site I’ve posted my initial REAL Studio 2010 Release 4 review.

Also, in a shameless plug for my REAL Studio training videos, I have an 18 minute companion video that goes into more detail at https://www.bkeeney.com/realbasic-training-section/free-content/article/2-free-content/288-real-studio-2010-release-4 (free registration required to view the video).

More thoughts on this release in the future as I dig out from work.

REAL Studio Conference News

Conferences are always a good way to get together like-minded individuals and share ideas and to get energized.  For those folks in Europe, the 2010 REAL Studio Conference is starting today (October 8th) in Koblenz, Germany.  For more information, see http://www.realsoftware.de/realcon2010/

The 2011 REAL Studio Summit is taking place in Atlanta, Georgia on March 19th and 20th.  ARBP announced early bird pricing this week of $250 with discounts available for the ARBP paid memberships.  Early bird pricing will remain in effect until the end of November 2010.  For more information see http://arbpmembers.org/real-studio-summit-2011.

The 2011 Summit is shaping up to be fun and interesting.  REAL Software has committed to three sessions with at least one of them being devoted to the Web Edition which will be relatively new at that point.  Another interesting twist is that one session will be about migrating from Visual FoxPro (yes, it’s still around and very much alive despite Microsoft trying to kill it off) to REAL Studio.  Take a look at the 2011 Summit page for the tentative sessions so far.

The summit will also have the official meeting of ARBP where we will decide upon the future of the organization.  All leadership positions are open and need to be filled.

I’ve already set the intention that I will not remain in a leadership role of ARBP.  If nominated for anything I will respectfully decline.  I helped birth ARBP with the help of a lot of good people and unfortunately we’ve lost a lot of those dedicated people due to various reasons.  Unfortunately, the many responsibilities of the organization have fallen largely on me – especially in the past year.  It’s essentially become a part-time job with no pay and while I love the organization it’s time to move on and it either lives or dies on its own.  Not that I’ll go away, but I can’t sustain the same level of commitment that I have now.

If you are interested in helping out, feel free to send us an email through the ARBP site at http://arbpmembers.org/contact-us

REAL Studio Summit 2011

The official press release will go out soon and will go through the official REAL Software distribution channel but I couldn’t contain my excitement any longer.  It’s almost (but not quite) as exciting as announcing to your friends and family that you’re going to have a baby.

Mark your calendars and start making plans to attend the REAL Studio Summit 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The event takes place on March 19th and 20th, 2011 and is sponsored by the Association of REALbasic Professionals and REAL Software!

We are very pleased that REAL Software is participating.  They will be sending a couple of people and will most likely present a couple of sessions.

Speaking of sessions, the call for speakers will go out soon as well and with the advanced notice I think we’ll get some really great speakers on a variety of topics.  We will be targeting some people in the RB community based on their contributions on the RB Forums and NUG list and we hope to get some commitments soon.

I was always a big fan of the old REAL World events – not because of the sessions (though those were important) but because of the relationships you developed (no pun intended) with other REALbasic developers.  Let’s face it, many of us don’t know another REALbasic developer that lives near us.  I feel lucky that I found six in Kansas City and when I get together with them there’s a kinship that’s hard to explain.  I’m energized about the platform and I get inspiration from them when they tell me what they do with REAL Studio.  To me, that’s what the REAL Studio Summit is all about.

The official conference page is at http://www.arbpmembers.org/real-studio-summit-2011 and the Call for Speakers page is at http://www.arbpmembers.org/real-studio-summit-2011/call-for-speakers.

It’s not too soon to think about 2012.  Pacific Northwest? MidWest?  Europe?  If you have a local group of RB users you might want to start thinking about it and contact me if you’re interested in being the contact team.