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FEATURE

Birmingham 2013

The Xojo Developers UK Conference

Issue: 12.1 (January/February 2014)
Author: Richard Duke
Author Bio: Richard Duke is a commercial software developer for the art and insurance industries. His main products are Artscene and ACMS. He has been using Real Studio for many years.
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Well, it was that time of the year again when it was cold and wet and the evenings started much earlier—yes indeed, the time had arrived for the annual Xojo developers UK Conference in Birmingham, England.

This year, the conference, organised by Eric Gibbon and Stewart Johnson, took place on November 22nd on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As before, the conference took place at Regus House in Victoria Square, just across the road from the world-famous Frankfurt Christmas Market which has become a huge favorite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. It is now the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the country (see Figure 1).

Having run for the last 12 years, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is now the centre piece of the city's annual Christmas events' calendar. Visitors can enjoy the delights of German mulled wine (Gluhwein), grilled sausages, vegetarian options, pretzels, German beer and, for those with a sweet tooth, gingerbread, crepes, and marzipan sweets.

Birmingham has been twinned with Frankfurt for more than 40 years and the partnership is celebrated every year by a range of economic, political and cultural events and exchanges involving schools, business, and community groups.

The Xojo event started the day before where Christian Schmitz provided training for several developers with an introduction to Xojo using an image database application for Desktop, Web, and Console.

In the evening, many of us gathered at Jimmy Spices in Regency Wharf on Broad Street. Guests can experience a huge variety from the Far East, Indian Sub-Continent, Middle East, Europe, and the Americas—all for one price. Each cuisine boasts its own dedicated chef who likes to dazzle the diners with live and flamboyant cooking. It's the only place where, at one time you'll see a chef whizzing up a stir fry while another is swirling pizza dough in the air. It truly is a food lover's heaven and a place that Eric Gibbons is addicted to!

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