The July/August edition of Real Studio Magazine came out this week. In my regular BKeeney Briefs column titled “Rethinking Processes – Don’t Keep Doing What You’re Doing Wrong” I talk about how we looked at our database projects, identified what went wrong most of the time, and then came up with a solution to avoid those problems. That solution ended up being ActiveRecord and we now use it on practically all projects.
This is the magazine after Real World so there are a number of in-depth reports on the many things that were announced.
My question to all of you is this: Have you ever looked back at your processes/code and decided it wasn’t efficient or very good and then came up with a solution that you now use all the time?
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.
The January/February 2011 edition of REAL Studio Developer magazine is out. My regular column talks about the value of ‘face time’ and how, despite all of the electronic means available to us, of communicating with one another, sitting across the table with another person is a very powerful thing.
Sadly, we (BKS) meet very few of our clients face-to-face. Those that we do have become more than just clients – they’re colleagues, partners, and sometimes even friends.
Personally, I think this is why I’m so excited about the REAL Studio conference coming up in March in Atlanta. It’s a lot of work to put on a conference and do a presentation. But past conferences have shown that I always come home very happy and jazzed about the things that I’ve learned and people I’ve met. Exhausted? Definitely! But well worth it.
What about you?