Monday, April 30, 2012

Last Chance for Delphi Developer Days 2012

If you haven't already signed up for this year's Delphi Developer Days with Marco Cantù and me, your opportunity is quickly slipping away. We begin the last leg of our six city tour in just two weeks, and the Frankfurt event is already sold out. This means that our event in Rome, on May 17th and 18th, is your last chance to attend Delphi Developer Days this year.

As in the past, the response this year has been fantastic. It has been especially fun given all the new features that shipped with Delphi XE2. Marco's extensive exploration of the new FireMonkey component library has been one of the most favored tracks, and I have received a lot of positive feedback about my sessions on LiveBindings and DataSnap.

Our attendees have also given high marks to our examinations of Delphi's wide range of database capabilities and options for building Internet-based applications. There's also a healthy dose of iOS development, with examples of applications built for iPads (and iPhone) as well as Android devices.

But just because there's a lot of new features in Delphi doesn't mean that we're ignoring earlier versions. I have had consistently large audiences for my ClientDataSet and Unicode sessions. Likewise, Marco's session on RTTI (runtime type information) and Attributes, as well as his dbExpress Deep Dive session have also been high on many of our attendee's lists.

If you've been to one of our Delphi Developer Days events in the past, you already know about the course book that each attendee receives. The book contains papers for every one of the sessions that we present, which is especially valuable when you consider that half of our sessions are breakout sessions, meaning that you have two choose between Marco's presentation or mine. The extensive course book means that you don’t miss a thing.

This course book is almost 450 pages in length, and we're not talking about slide reproductions here. Each paper is narrative in style and contains detailed explanations and code samples. Indeed, the course book is larger than most Delphi books you can buy. Consider this, my last book, Delphi in Depth: ClientDataSets, which is 350 pages in length, contained around 85,000 words. Our Delphi Developer Days course book is almost 150,000 words in length. That's a big book, and its only available to attendees.

As I said, the response has been terrific. Not only have we sold out Frankfurt, but Chicago was sold out as well, and Amsterdam got close.

The Rome location is very convenient. It is a short 200 meters walk from the Termini Train station in central Rome, and there are trains from Roma Ciampino Airport (15 minutes travel time) and Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (30 minutes travel time) throughout the day.

In case you need additional reasons to come to Rome, here are two more. Daniele Teti of BitTime is our guest speaker in Rome. There he will present his talk titled "Improving Code Testability Through Dependency Injection," a talk I am looking forward to with great anticipation. And if that weren't enough, Marco Cantù will personally guide a walking tour of Rome for all who are interested after the first day of sessions.

For more information on Delphi Developer Days, and to register for Rome, please visit I hope to see you there!

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