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Eclipsecon Conference 2006 Eclipse Tie

It’s been a pretty busy Monday, what with all the trials and tribulations earlier, but I’ve finally delivered my tutorial on automated builds which mostly went off without a hitch. Of course, there’s all the usual things that go wrong (missing out the source code on the USB keyring taking the biscuit) but all bar about 5 of the 40 or so people on the tutorial had wireless access so could download it afresh anyway. In the end, it all worked out because I copied the material to my USB keyring and handed it around to everyone else.

I had a number of good comments about the presentation afterwards. One of them was “you managed to condense a two day tutorial into four hours” (which I think was a compliment) and I even got a polite round of applause, which I wasn’t expecting. It’s a shame that I didn’t have more time to spend giving the presentation, but the nuts and bolds of building Eclipse plugins came across, and there’s a wealth of information in the presentation and source folders which can be used as a template for the future. And should you want any further info, my e-mail address is on the presentation, which (along with other info) is not available for download.

The evening was spent at the Eclipse awards ceremony, where Ed was voted as best ambassador to the Eclipse community (good to know that I got at least one right in my voting). There were a few games as well, and Andre and I were picked up on stage to play the last game of the evening, which involved a baseball cap with a string and magnet attached, and had to pick up metallic fish to drop them into a bucket. It was a close call, but I won 7-6 which earned me not only a 10-gallon hat (actually, probably more like 2-gallon; too small for me) and for no particular reason, a pair of handcuffs. So in honour of the fish game, I’ll be sporting my fish tie to the conference tomorrow.