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Issue 5.2


The Secret Resource

Learn from the pros -- by asking them!

Issue: 5.2 (January/February 2007)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc sounds smarter than he is because he knows where to get help when he's stumped.
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Starting Page Number: 30
Article Number: 5211
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If you're new to REALbasic, the wide variety of resource material available can seem daunting. There's the user guide and other documentation; thousands of example programs and classes on the RB CD and scattered all over the Internet; commercial books; third party publications such as RBD (with over 1200 pages of material in our archives); online blogs, columns, articles, and tutorials; RB-related websites; third party products, plugins, classes, and tools. That's not even counting general programming resources on the Internet, many of which are adaptable to REALbasic. That's all wonderful but sometimes -- especially if you're in a hurry or not sure where to find a particular bit of technical knowledge -- wouldn't it be great if you could just ask an expert?

Guess what? You can!

Often overlooked or forgotten after the initial REALbasic rush to understanding are the REALbasic Mailing Lists. A mailing list, if you're not familiar with the concept, is essentially a group discussion via email.

Posts are sent to a central email server that promptly distributes the message to all subscribers. Subscribers can read and respond at their leisure. Often you'll get an answer to your query within minutes, assuming someone's online and knows the answer. Experts of all kinds subscribe to the lists and it's a great way to get quick answers to your questions.

However, you don't want to abuse those contributing their valuable time to answer, so I've prepared some guidelines for the REALbasic mailing lists. Here are some tips and suggestions.

Subscribing to a Mailing List

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