REALbasic Colorado Summit: More Reasons To Attend

The REALbasic Colorado Summit is heading into its final stretch.  We’re all very excited about getting together and exchanging knowledge.  Some of the topics I’m particularly interested in because I can come away with ideas that can save me time (which means money).

We’ve pitched the event as a way to learn some advanced REALbasic skills and to meet and discuss RB with other RB professionals.  That’s all true, but one thing I think we’ve done a poor job of saying is that there are other reasons to come to the Summit.

If you are evaluating REALbasic as a development environment the Summit is an excellent place to learn more. I doubt you’ll find more REALbasic professionals in one room all year long (and that includes the REAL Software regional events in my opinion).  You’ll be in room filled with full-time pro’s that have used REALbasic for years.  A few in attendance have worked for REAL Software and can offer some advice that’s hard to find elsewhere.

Need to find a REALbasic developer?  Many of those in attendance are REALbasic consultants and live and breathe REALbasic day in and day out and have been exposed to, literally, hundreds of different applications.  If they can’t help you I’m sure they know another developer that can!

Have technical questions regarding your REALbasic application?  Again, you’ll find a boatload of people that can help you that do this for a living for others.  At REAL World it wasn’t uncommon to see developers going through their RB app to get suggestions from others in hopes of making a better app.  I don’t expect anything different at the Summit.

The Summit is going to be an intimate event because of its size.  REAL World, for some people, was intimidating because it’s hard to break into a group that seems to know each other very well.  With under 50 people at the Summit it should be very easy to mingle with everyone.  Since I always fight being a wall flower (No, really!  Stop laughing!) I’m going to make sure no one is left out.

There will be a lot of ideas and information disseminated in the sessions but it’s the talk that occurs outside of the official sessions that is most interesting and valuable (in my opinion).  It’s generally one-on-one, or in very small groups, and it’s never recorded for posterity.  The after hours events have a tendency to be  fun a well because no one is being ‘official’.

So there’s my alternative reasons for attending the REALbasic Colorado Summit.  To official website is at  The Association of REALbasic Professionals site is at

Happy coding and hope to see you there!

ARBP Chat Tonight

Join ARBP on Thursday, September 10th for an online chat about the Colorado REALbasic Summit. The special guests will be Joe Strout of Inspiring Applications and myself (not that I’m all that special).

This will be a 1 hour moderated chat, beginning at 9 PM ET. Don’t miss your chance to ask us about the Summit, the sessions, or general REALbasic programming questions!

These moderated chats are open to any member of ARBP.  Membership is free, so sign up today!

Colorado REALbasic Summit:
The Colorado REALbasic Summit will be held from Thursday September 24th through Saturday, September 26, 2009 in Boulder, Colorado.

Pricing: $199 for ARBP members, $249 for non-members

ARBP offers several types of memberships to REALbasic developers:
Free, Personal ($50) and Professional ($100). Visit the website and click on “Membership Benefits” to learn more.

Members-only Website:

REALbasic Colorado Summit Schedule Updated

Hot off the presses, here is the latest schedule for the REALbasic Colorado Summit:

9AM  Reporting Tools, Options, and Techniques
Bob Keeney

10AM Cocoa and Reporting Features in REALbasic
Geoff Perlman

11AM SQLite Power Tools
Ryan Vail

12-2 Lunch

2PM  OO Database Framework and Introspection
Seth Verrinder

3PM  Profiling and Performance Tweaking
Joe Strout

4PM  Version Control, And Why it Rocks
Aaron Gerber and Mathias Gran

5PM  Business Roundtable

9AM  Building REALbasic Plugins
Christian Schmitz

10AM Usability & Design Techniques
Jay Crain

11-1 Lunch


2PM  Facilitated RB/RS/Summit Feedback Session
Brad Weber

The official website is  Attendance is limited so if you’re interested I recommend signing up sooner rather than later.

REAL Software Announces Two Regional Events

See the official announcement here:

REAL Software used to hold an annual event called Real World in Austin every year where the REALbasic faithful would gather and immerse themselves in REALbasic for a couple of days.  It was fun and you could learn some good stuff as well as pick the brains of other RB developers.  Citing the worldwide economic downturn and a projected lack of attendance Real World was canceled and we were told about ‘regional events’ to be announced later.  These are it.

I think this is a good thing/bad thing.  It’s good because people will attend a regional event because it doesn’t cost them as much to attend.  If you were thinking about using RB you might be tempted to go to one closer.  From a marketing perspective it’s a good thing.

The bad part is that the events will (most likely) be less technical and become more of an overview of REALbasic and REAL Server.  If you wanted to learn some advanced object oriented programming for databases techniques then these regional events probably aren’t for you.

It’s a one day event in Atlanta and Chicago.  They will have a keynote address and an unknown number of sessions.  Sessions topics to be announced later.  Pricing is $250 ($200 if you register before October 20th).

So what are your thoughts?  Do you find the regional events appealing?  Do you think they’ll get into the technical details of RB or will it be more about sales and marketing of the products?  What are your thoughts on the price?  Does this change your opinion of the Colorado Summit sponsored by ARBP and Inspiring Apps?

Colorado REALbasic Summit: Sessions Update

The Colorado REALbasic Summit schedule page has been updated.

I’m doing a presentation on Reporting Tools, Options, and Techniques which is pretty wide open topic.  It is, however, a topic that’s very near and dear to my heart.  I’ve done a pure Graphics object, On-Target Reports and RSReports tutorials that are in the ARBP source code repository.  They continue to be popular.  I think I have my work cut out for me to include other recent additions as well as looking at pure Windows only solutions.  Regardless, it should be very informative.

Seth, BKS employee extradorinaire, is doing a session combining Object Oriented programming, advanced RB techniques and databases all in one session.  Imagine, if you will, a database class that knows when the class that represents a table doesn’t have all of the required fields and has events for before/after create/save/load/update.  All-in-all I think these techniques are very useful.  We’re using them in a lot of our projects now.

Anyway, check it out.  We hope to see you there!

Colorado REALbasic Summit: I’m Pumped!

People are signing up for the Colorado REALbasic Summit!  I can’t wait to see the other developers and talk about RB!  It looks like it’s going to be heavy in advanced topics so I think it’ll be more useful than Real World for people that have spent a lot of time using RB.

In case you haven’t heard about it, the Summit is being held in Boulder, Colorado September 24th through the 26th.  The official website is

To sign up, just go to the ARBP members site and click the Add To Cart button on the home page.  Paid ARBP members get a $50 discount so it really is a good reason to get a membership.   Seating is limited so it’s first come, first serve.  I hope to see you there!

The Colorado REALbasic Summit

For everyone that’s been wishing that REAL World hadn’t been canceled this year, here it is!

The Association of REALbasic Professionals and Inspiring Apps are pleased to announce the Colorado REALbasic Summit.

Join us in scenic Boulder, Colorado for a REALbasic conference that aims to help REALbasic professionals (and aspiring professionals) get ahead. A healthy mix of in-depth, advanced technical sessions and business topics will sharpen your skills and help you better run your business.

The Summit begins the evening of Thursday, Sept. 24th, and ends Saturday afternoon on Sept. 26th. The registration fee is $199 for ARBP members, or $249 for non-members.

Registration will open soon, and is capped at 40 attendees. For more information, please visit:

Space is limited so sign up soon!

REALbasic Developer Conference?

ARBP has new survey available asking about the interest level in a REALbasic Developer Conference.  The survey is here.

There are no details on the conference at this point in time.  We are simply getting a feel for what people are thinking.

Here’s what I will share:

1)  This is NOT a Real Software sponsored event (though I suppose they could be a sponsor)

2) Attendance will most likely be limited (the smaller the cheaper it is but some of it depends upon the response)

3) We’re aiming for a weekend event so as not to disrupt work for too many folks (since we know a lot of RB professionals are sole proprietors)

So please take the survey and if you have other ideas and suggestions I’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

I Miss Real World

I miss Real World, I really do.  I’ve written about it a few times and it comes up in conversations with RB developers a lot.  Real Software may or may not do regional events (we haven’t heard anything to date on them).  I miss the conversations and friendships that come with Real World.  Sometimes it helps knowing that I’m not the only one out there with the problems I have in business.

So my question is this:  If someone came up with a small event, in an easy to get to location, focused entirely on REALbasic technical topics would you attend?  What sort of topics would interest you?  What topics would turn you off to the event?  What’s more important:  Location, Pricing, or Topics?

Face To Face Still Wins

I miss Real World greatly because it wasn’t about the sessions (though I thoroughly enjoyed them).  It wasn’t the after-hours entertainment (though I really enjoyed that as well).  It was the people that I talked to before, after and sometimes during sessions (in the hallway of course).  It’s where ARBP was born due to networking with a bunch of other REALbasic developers.

Here’s the money quote from the CPU blog:
The point is, face-to-face still matters. And in fact all our globally-connecting-social-networking tools are making face-to-face more, not less desirable. Thanks to the tools y’all are building, we now have more far-flung friends–including people we’ve never met f2f–than ever before. We now have more people we want to connect with in the human world, often after years of electronic-only contact.

Isn’t that the truth?  Now that I know more people and keep connected with business networking sites like Linked-In I want to meet these people face-to-face even more – not less.

I don’t know about you but I get inspired to do great things when I’m around other developers.  It’s one of the reasons why I like having my employees in the area.  I don’t need to see them every day (I’m sure they don’t want to see me every day either!) but, when we get together we get and feed ideas to each other that I’ve never gotten just via email and phone.  As much as video-conferencing is easy to do I don’t feel much inspiration with it (I think it’s the one thing that Star Trek never really got right IMO).

The blog post continues with a list of suggestions for getting users to meet other users in the real world:
1    Put together a “How To Start A Local User Group or Club” document.
2    Offer free materials for the user groups
3    Treat your user group leaders like royalty
4    Instead of a traditional user group, provide guidelines for a Study Group
5    Hold a very low-cost annual weekend conference.
6    Encourage users to start a local BarCamp (or other *Camp).
7    Use as a resource!
8    If you already have online user forums, enlist moderators to try to form an offline meetup.
9    Hold special cocktail receptions/parties for user group leaders at industry conferences in your domain.
10    Advertise/promote your user group events on your main page!

Of these, perhaps #5 is the most interesting for RS.  As much as I like Austin, I’ve now been there multiple times and since I’m no longer young enough to be a bar hound I’d much rather go to some places that I’ve never been or have some interesting things to do.  Boston, Chicago, LA and maybe New Orleans would pretty much cover most of the US and those are interesting (if not destination) cities.  I’m not sure what cities would be good in Europe and Asia, but I’m sure you could get good coverage there as well.

Thankfully RS has already said they would hold regional events.  Only time will tell what the regional conferences will be like.  Hopefully there will be a mix of marketing and technical based on feedback of potential attendees in the area.  If RS will work with us, ARBP will try to hold a day of training before or after the event.

The drawback to this approach is that I can’t image RS saves any money by doing the regional events rather than just 1 event like Real World.  I might be wrong, but in Austin all the local people got to go home at night.  The regional events would require airfare, hotel and many other expenses.  Scaling back the engineers is the only way to save costs, but then is it as effective in drawing people in?  I know many people went to Real World JUST for the access to the engineering staff.  I dunno if it’s feasible in these economic times.

What are your thoughts?  Do you prefer the face-to-face events?  Do you think smaller regional ideas is better than 1 world-wide event?