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Issue 20.6 ('Nashville 2022')
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Nashville 2022

September's "Xojo Retreat" Was a Refreshing Return

Issue: 20.6 (November/December 2022)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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It's obvious that things in the world have changed in the last few years. We can't put the Covid genie back in the bottle, unfortunately, and our lives will forever be changed by the global pandemic that saw a rise in remote work, an upending of the supply chain, economic chaos, and a reduction in travel.

In-person conferences have been particularly hard hit, perhaps permanently, but there's hidden value in meeting people in person and networking you just can't do online.

This year's return to an in-person conference for Xojo was shorter and smaller than in years past—perhaps 50 attendees instead of the 100+ we usually see, and only two days long—but it was a wonderful experience.

It was like a family reunion. There were instant smiles of recognition from the moment we saw each other in the hotel, even before the official start of the proceedings. There weren't as many newbies or first-timers at this Xojo "Retreat," but that was okay. It was terrific to see familiar faces and catch up on what's been happening. It felt like it had been just months since we'd last seen each other, and it was quite shocking to do the math and realize it's been nearly four years!

Heading to Nashville

My own adventures began a few days earlier as I flew to Nashville on Friday (see Figure 1). I'll have to admit I was nervous about traveling in the post-Covid era. I wasn't sure what things had changed and I'd been hearing horror stories about delayed flights and lost luggage. Fortunately, everything went fine.

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