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Issue 11.3 ('XDC 2013')
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Lead by Example

An Obviously Neglected Resource

Issue: 11.3 (May/June 2013)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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Recently I got out my gardening tools after they'd been stored for the winter. After getting them all muddy, I had a brilliant inspiration while washing my hands with the hose: I also rinsed off the tools. They looked brand new when I put them away! I jokingly emailed my uncle about my "invention."

"It seems really obvious in retrospect, but for some reason I'd never thought of doing that," I told him. "It's so obvious, no gardening site even writes about it either!"

There's a lesson in that with Real Studio programming. Especially for beginners, there's much that's considered so "obvious" no one talks about it. Even for veterans, it's sometimes helpful to go back to the basics.

A perfect example of that are Real Software's example projects. Early on in my Real Studio days (back when it was REALbasic), I learned a lot from the handful of example projects. Occasionally over the years when there was a new feature added—like the email classes or Web Edition—I might fire up an example to see how it works. But over time, I forgot all about the examples.

Recently I explored the folder and was shocked not only by the quantity of examples (someone's been busy), but also by the variety and quality. Topics that in the past were completely ignored (such as RBScript), have excellent example projects now. Those examples are an incredibly useful and much overlooked obvious help!

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