Spring in Koblenz, Germany
The 2016 MBS Xojo Developer Conference
Issue: 14.4 (July/August 2016)
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 Xojo for many years.
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On a beautiful spring day, we arrived in the historic city of Koblenz to attend another excellent MBS Xojo developer conference hosted by Christian Schmitz from Monkeybread software.
This conference is the largest annual European Conference for Xojo developers and, as always, there was something for everyone, including great presentations, special guests, trips below ground, learning how to brew, a magic show, gourmet food, beer, and the most gigantic birthday cake I have ever seen.
The conference was held at the Contel Hotel in Koblenz, Germany, about an hour by train from Frankfurt on a beauty spot at the River Moselle. The hotel was amazing and was the perfect location for the conference with a large beer garden and gourmet restaurant (see Figure 1).
Koblenz is a city situated on both banks of the Rhine with its confluence with the Moselle, where the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) and its monument to Emperor William I on horseback are situated. As Koblenz was one of the military posts established by Drusus about 8 BC, the city celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 1992. Koblenz is a principal seat of the wine trade and does a large business in the export of mineral waters. It is also famous for manufacturing braking systems for the automotive industry (see Figure 2).
Many people arrived the day before the conference from all over Europe. We were delighted to have special guest Norman Palardy from Xojo and his lovely wife Trisha visit from Canada, and our favorite French man, also from Xojo, Stephane Pinel. After some drinks at the bar, we all had a gourmet dinner in the hotel restaurant.
As the conference was being held during the asparagus season, there was a special asparagus menu. White asparagus, the vampire of the vegetable world and very popular in Germany, is grown underground so that it remains white having been deprived of light, a process known as etiolation where chlorophyll is not produced.
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