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Issue 7.6


Thoughts from the Publisher

Seven Years and 2100+ Pages

Issue: 7.6 (September/October 2009)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: When RBD publisher Marc Zeedar was a kid he used to create magazines just for fun. Now he's doing it for a living! You may contact him at editor@rbdeveloper.com.
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You are reading the forty-second issue of REALbasic Developer! This issue marks the conclusion of our seventh year of issues. Amazing! It seems like just a few months ago I was getting ready to launch this publication and soliciting authors. I guess time flies when you're having fun.

We've gone through many changes, as has REAL Software, REALbasic, and the tech world. We've made mistakes, stumbled upon some good fortune, had adventures, and made some choices that in retrospect turned out to be wise. There is still plenty to do, and more challenges ahead. I'm delighted and grateful you've stuck with us for so long and I hope we're both around for many years to come.

Year 7 Printed Book Coming Soon

Obviously, now that year seven is done, we'll get to work producing RBD Archive Volume 7. We'll be announcing a pre-order special shortly. (For those who've already ordered their copies, we plan to ship them in October.)

In This Issue

This is an unusual issue in that we don't have as many articles, but the ones we have are longer and the issue is the same size as always (I refrained from splitting articles into multiple parts as I know that waiting for the next part can be frustrating). The most detailed feature is from JC Cruz, who explores the surprisingly complicated world of document-centric design, demonstrating a word processing app that understands multiple documents from a object-oriented perspective. It's worth the read as he touches on many valuable techniques.

Our cover story is one I wrote about reducing the complexity of your programming projects. It's a strategy that developed out of my own frustration with some of my larger programs when I realized that I wasn't seeing the big picture and just trying to solve today's problem instead of "building a platform" for the future.

Our Postmortem this issue is also unusual. Mattias Sandström explains how he used REALbasic to solve a critical optimization problem with his company's iPhone Webapp.

Yes, just three features this issue, but I hope you will find them interesting and helpful. Some of our columns are also long in this issue, beginning with my Beginning Corner, where I go into detail explaining drag-and-drop. In From Scratch Brad develops a web browser, Paul previews Einhugur Reports, and Bob covers the basics of marketing.


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