Monday, January 23, 2012

Delphi Developer Days 2012 Tour

Marco Cant├╣ and I want to share with you that we are once again taking our Delphi Developer Days tour on the road this spring. This year, our two-day live Delphi event visits six cities with stops in Baltimore/Washington DC and Chicago in the United States, and London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Rome in Europe. We start in London on March 26th and wrap up in Rome on May 18th.

This is our fourth year that we've toured together, and in case you have not attended a Delphi Developer Days event, I wanted to share with you what we are doing in hope that you will consider attending.

Marco and I are both long time trainers and authors. Combined we have nearly 40 years of experience training professional developers, and have published close to 40 books. In putting together Delphi Developer Days, we strive to create a perfect balance of formal training, sharing, and networking.

To begin with, we limit the number of attendees in each city to a maximum of 35 developers. By doing so we retain the intimacy of a small group while generating the necessary synergy for the sharing of ideas and perspective. Personally, it gives us the opportunity to interact with each attendee without getting lost in the crowd.

There is also a little bit of conference flavor to Delphi Developer Days. In each city we have a keynote address from an Embarcadero representative, and also have a guest speaker who presents on an area of their own specialization. Our guest speakers this year include Stephen Ball (London), Bob Swart (Amsterdam), Ray Konopka (Chicago), Jim McKeeth (Washington DC/Baltimore), Bruno Fierens (Frankfurt), and Daniele Teti (Rome).

But make no mistake about it, the main goal is covering Delphi in depth. Over the course of the two days, there are more than fifteen technical sessions covering everything from the latest features in Delphi XE2 to classic topics such as Unicode migration and RTTI (runtime type information). There are also talks on Internet-related development, mobile applications, cross platform development, and traditional client/server topics. In some of the talks Marco and I present together, offering our individual insights on the topic, while for other sessions, we break out into separate rooms.

For the combined sessions, we have chosen topics that should be of interest to all Delphi developers. This year's combined sessions include a comparison of Delphi database development strategies, an overview of options for Internet development, and the always popular Tips, Tricks, and Techniques session. For the break out sessions, we have worked to create attractive options for creating your own agenda. For example, when a Delphi XE2-specific topic is being presented in one room, a classic topic that applies to many versions of Delphi is being covered in the other room.

Of course, this means that you might have to choose between two equally attractive topics. But we have that covered. Both Marco and I are prolific writers, and we commit to writing a paper for every talk we present. This means that if you have to skip a particular talk you will be able to read the associated paper. Over the past three years, the course book that each attendee to Delphi Developer Days receives has been several hundred pages in length, containing as much material as a book, and this year will be no different.

Delphi Developer Days takes a lot of planning, but it wouldn't be possible without our many sponsors. Both of last year's platinum sponsors, Embarcadero Technologies and Sybase (an SAP Company) have returned this year, as have all of last year's gold sponsors: /n software, DevArt, Gnostice Technologies, Programmer's Paradise, RemObjects Software, and TMS Software. In addition, this year we welcome two new gold sponsors: Fast Reports and Sisulizer. And of course, we value our more than 20 regular sponsors and Delphi user groups for their strong and continued support.

We are currently offering a ten percent discount early bird special if you register and make payment the deadline listed online. We also offer additional discounts for previous attendees of the Delphi Developer Days 2009 through 2011 tours. There is also a group discount when 3 or more employees of the same company register together. But don't wait too long to register. Our early registrations are on a record pace. Make sure you sign up now to guarantee your spot at Delphi Developer Days 2012.

For more information about Delphi Developer Days, including dates, topics, locations, and pricing, please visit http://www.delphideveloperdays.com/.

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