Friday, September 23, 2011

Going to EclipseCon Europe: is there enough beer in Germany?

In the years past, I was told I could not attend EclipseCon Europe because there wasn't enough beer in Germany to satisfy this thirsty Canadian. I'm not sure how much truth there is to that, but it's what I was told.

Anyway, as the European edition of my favourite gathering has grown, so has the need for some official IT support. I'll be flying in Tuesday, Nov. 1 to help (however I can) with WiFi setup and to set up a download mirror like I do at EclipseCon North America. The download mirror is a real Internet saver -- these conference venues typically don't have tons of Internet bandwidth, so bringing a local copy of all your favourite Eclipse bits helps a lot. I look forward to seeing all my European friends, and to making some new ones!

In the interest of saving thousands of dollars in airline fees, I'll be staying over Saturday for some local sightseeing. Since this will be my first time in Germany, if you have any hints as to what I should do during my stay, please post up in the comments.

Edit 9/23: Apparently comments were disabled on my blog. Sorry 'bout that.


Blogger Stéphane Bouchet said...


Have a good time in Germany. I think you can have plenty of beers there.

I will not be present but will ask my colleagues to offer you a Maß :)

10:31 AM  
Blogger Ed Merks said...


It will be great to have you on board for both the technical support and the celebrations!

I don't believe that running out of beer will be a problem in Germany of all places. If an issue does crop up, please open a bugzilla. I know the foundation staff often have "thirst" issues at these kinds of events...

4:13 PM  
Blogger Denis Roy said...

Thanks Stéphane and Ed -- I'm looking forward to being there.

1:26 PM  
Blogger FOK said...

If you're going back to Frankfurt, I recommend Bruchsal (famous baroque castle), Heidelberg (one of the prettiest towns in the world) and Darmstadt (centre of art nouveau) on the way.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Jan Sievers said...


I have a question regarding the download mirrors at EclipseCon Europe:

For our tycho tutorial [1] we will need the Indigo p2 repo [2].
Will the download mirror be transparent in the sense that I can use the original URL and will be automatically directed to a conference-local mirror during the conference?
Is the mirror on p2 level (i.e. metadata requests still go to Canada) or on a lower network level so that all traffic stays local?



9:06 AM  

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