REAL World 2008, Day Three

Well, this was an interesting day.

As mentioned yesterday, the morning began with a meeting to discuss the creation of the Association of REALbasic Professionals. The response was overwhelming and more than anyone expected. The meeting was almost standing room only. Those present voted to create the association. After that, it was time to nominate and vote on the board of directors. I am proud, shocked, and honestly somewhat horrified to say that I was nominated and elected to the board.

Anyway, the first session I attended today was Enterprise Web Development, but Brad Weber and Joe Strout, the minds behind Inspiring Applications. They talked about Yuma, which I mentioned the other day. It’s really, really cool. I can’t wait to get back to the office and kick the tires a bit.

After that, I attended two sessions about the community around REALbasic: The REALbasic Community by Paul Lefebvre and Expanding REALbasic via 3rd Party Developers by Christian Miller. Both were interesting and well presented.

Following another excellent lunch, I attended Build Engineering: The Art of Version Control, Scripting, and Process by Nathan Regener, REAL Software’s new build engineer. I have to say, I have high hopes for what Nathan wants to accomplish there. I think he’ll bring REAL Software’s beta testing and releases to a new level of quality. Here’s hoping.

At the end of the day was the annual feedback session, which is always an interesting time. To be honest, this year I kind of wandered in and out a couple times and didn’t pay a whole lot of attention. I was pretty tired by then.

To wrap things up, I went out to dinner with some of the other board members to make some plans for the association. We have some exciting things coming up, but more on that later.

The shuttle will be here to pick us up tomorrow morning at seven, so I need to wrap it up and get some rest. But I would be remiss if I didn’t say a great big thank you to Dana Mason and Alyssa Foley of REAL Software for all the hard work they did putting REAL World 2008 together.

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