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Issue 9.2


Face Time

The value of personal connection

Issue: 9.2 (January/February 2011)
Author Bio: Bob is the owner of BKeeney Software. In addition to providing REALbasic consulting, he provides REALbasic training videos (currently over 20 hours worth), and sells software to consumers and developers. He is the current President of the Association of REALbasic Professionals.
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Face time is very cool. No, I'm not talking about the video conferencing technology that Apple is pushing. I'm talking about sitting across the table from someone and being able to see their body language and see what they're pointing to. If a picture is worth a thousand words, being in the same room with someone is worth a couple of hundred thousand words.

Most of my consulting projects are small enough and simple enough that email and phone calls are usually good enough. However, one theory that I've come to believe is that the more complex projects need something more. Complex projects take consulting to a new level. Complex business requirements almost always mean more complexity in the design, coding, testing, and debugging which in turn brings more complexity in interacting with the client.

There is something powerful about being in the same room with the client. You make a connection that emails, phone calls, and video conferences just can't accomplish. It's been my experience that these clients trust you more because they've spent time with you. As social creatures we pick up on little things that either lead us to distrust or trust the other person. You miss most of it when you are using electronic means.

In March of 2011, the Association of REALbasic Professionals and REAL Software are presenting another Summit where REAL Studio users from all over the world are coming together to talk about all things REAL Studio. More information can be found at http://arbpmembers.org/real-studio-summit-2011.

REAL Software will be talking about Web Edition and (hopefully) Cocoa, in addition to whatever else they're cooking up for the future. Other full-time developers will be talking about things that they've learned about in REAL Studio and want to share with others.

If this conference is like past conferences the real value isn't the stuff talked about in the sessions (though that's usually really great info!), it's the connections with the people. People looking for a REALbasic developer can sit down with several potential developers and discuss their projects and look them in the eye. Developers can share their successes and horror stories with each other and talk about what works and what doesn't.

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