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Introduction

In March 2019 we are organizing our first US event, where we would like to meet our customers and potential customers from the United States, Mexico and other countries around the world.

Since we are a small open source project and we have limited financial resources, we have chosen to organize this as a relatively low budget event. We have also chosen a location in the south of the US, so developers from Mexico and other Middle American countries are also able to come with a reasonable travel time.

The main audience for this event is existing Visual Objects and Vulcan.NET developers. However developers working with other XBase languages, such as XBase++ and Harbour, are also invited, there will be enough interesting information for you as well.

We will present the current state of the X# development and show how to migrate your apps from VO to .Net. We will also have time to explain some of the internals of the X# compiler and runtime and how you can use the new features in the product (generics, lambda expression, linq, scripting, multi threading etc) in your apps. We will also show you the support that we have for other dialects (such as XBase++ and Harbour).

Our partner QLAdmin from Austin has helped us to set up an event that will be both informative but also attractive. You have the chance to meet colleagues that create applications with the same tools, as well as enjoy presentations where we will demonstrate our new open source solution to help you move your applications forward towards  .Net.
There will be some other interesting technical sessions as well.

This summit is structured to encourage open and facilitated face-to-face discussion and idea sharing amongst all attendees. Refreshments will be provided all day with scheduled lunch and snack breaks. You are also invited to join in the group activities to continue your informal networking and make new friends in the X# world.

Location

The event will take place at the following hotel:

           Best Western Plus / Austin City Hotel
2200 South IH-35
Austin, Texas 78704
512-444-0561
https://austincityhotel.com/ 

• Near downtown Austin, with corner store nearby for snacks or forgotten items.
• Complimentary hearty breakfast buffet is included in room charge.
• Lounge features complimentary gourmet coffee machine, with drink/snack vending near meeting room.
• Free onsite parking and Google Fiber wifi throughout hotel.
• Hotel restaurant is open until 10pm, and the bar is open until 11pm.
• Rooms equipped with king beds, work space, mini-fridge, microwave, Keurig coffeemaker.
• 100% smoke free hotel environment.

Agenda

The preliminary agenda for the event is:

Wednesday 5:00pm to 6:30pm Welcome Reception (see below)
Thursday 9am to 4:30pm X# Summit
  12pm to 1:15pm Group Lunch
  6pm to 8pm Riverboat Dinner Cruise (see below)
Friday 9am to 1pm X# Summit
  1pm to 2:30pm Group Lunch Excursion (see below)

Speakers

At this moment the following speakers have confirmed:

  • Nikos Kokkalis (X# development team)
  • Robert van der Hulst (X# development team)
  • Rolf van der Hulst (Roboteam Twente)

We are still looking for contributions. If you are interested in attending the event and presenting a session (or showcasing your own application) please contact us. Please note (as mentioned above) : we have a very small budget, so we can't pay for your travel or hotel expenses.

Subjects

The preliminary list of subjects is:

  • Migrating your Visual Objects applications to X#
  • X# Language improvements compared to Visual Objects and Vulcan.Net.
  • Understanding and making the most of X# and the X# runtime
  • .Net Core
  • Asynchronous programming and Multi Threading
  • XSharp Scripting and using Roslyn and the X# compiler from your app
  • Creating Services with .Net and X#
  • Application Show (show your application to other developers)
  • Using Artificial Intelligence in your application, with examples from the world of Robot Soccer
  • Question and Answers, and what do you expect from the X# project

Registration

To register for this event, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The registration fee for the event is $ 350. This includes the refreshments, lunch and dinner on the 21st and refreshments and lunch on the 22nd.

  • We have negotiated a special discounted hotel room price of $125 per person per day plus taxes (totaling $144) with complimentary breakfast buffet.
  • Room are available from Tuesday, March 19th to Sunday, March 24th.
  • All rooms must be reserved by February 15th, 2019 to receive the guaranteed rate.
  • Early registrants can request courtyard/pool view rooms.
  • For those extending their stay to enjoy Austin, either before or after the summit, we strongly encourage reservations be made as soon as possible to guarantee room availability.
  • Please use the following link to reserve your room: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.44679.html?groupId=P32AI7Q8
  • If you want to pay directly you can click here to pay through paypal

Group activities

All X# Summit attendees are invited to each day’s group activity. If a guest is traveling with you to Austin, they are also welcome to join all activities. Kindly confirm your plans to attend so we  can plan accordingly.

Wednesday - Welcome Reception

Our host QLAdmin Solutions will host a Welcome Reception in the hotel restaurant/bar from 5:00 to 6:30pm.
If you have arrived in Austin already, please join them for happy hour cocktails featuring Texas craft beers and liquors, along with appetizers of your choice. Become acquainted with fellow attendees from around the world and set the stage for a great summit experience!

Thursday - Riverboat Dinner Cruise 

Join us Thursday evening, 6pm - 8pm for a special happy hour and dinner cruise aboard the Nighthawk riverboat!
Right in heart of downtown Austin on Lake Lady Bird, our riverboat cruise will delight you with scenic views of the Austin city skyline while you enjoy the musical sounds of the Parish Festival Band. Happy hour selections will feature Texas and local liquors, beer and wine. A custom catered Texas style BBQ dinner is sure to be finger-licking good with specialty smoked meats, hot and chilled side dishes, and all the fixings to complete your meal. An inspiring Texas sunset at 7:42pm will nearly wrap up our evening on the lake. Transportation will be provided.

Friday - Lunch Excursion

After the summit adjourns Friday afternoon, attendees are invited out for an informal and casual lunch at Able’s on the Lake, located at Oyster Landing on lovely Lake Austin. Enjoy lake views and cool breezes on the deck while you relax and unwind after the summit. Transportation will be provided.