VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010

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VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010

Postby wembley » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:05 am

Join us in Stuttgart on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 for a full day of discussion and learning on VA Smalltalk.This is a free event, but we ask that you please pre-register Registration Site so we know that you are coming. There will be a networking event after the sessions and we invite you to stay.


We have a small block of rooms reserved at the Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin Hotel in Stuttgart for a reduced rate of 165 Euros per night, including breakfast. When you call the hotel, please indicate that you are part of the VA Smalltalk Forum Europe group to obtain this rate. Hotel phone: +49 711 2048-0.


9:00 – 9:30 – Registration and coffee

9:30 – 10:00 – Welcome, Introductions and “State of the Union/State of Smalltalk at Instantiations,” Mike Taylor, Instantiations (remote)

10:00 – 10:30 – “State of Smalltalk / State of the industry,” Georg Heeg, STIC

10:30 – 11:30 – “VA Smalltalk 8.0.2 Update,” John O’Keefe, Instantiations

11:30 – 11:45 – Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:45 – “Get Your Project Back in Shape! - How a Few Techniques Can Change Your (Project’s) Life,” Joachim Tuchel, objektfabrik

12:45 – 1:45 – LUNCH

1:45 – 2:45 – “Seaside – How it’s Different and Why You Should Care,” Lukas Renggli, Seaside Core-Developer and co-author of Dynamic Web Development with Seaside book

2:45 – 3:45 – “Smalltalk as a Service – Let Others Benefit from Your Mission-Critical Application,” Sebastian Heidbrink, Tricept Informationssysteme AG

3:45 – 4:00 – Coffee Break

4:00 – 4:30 – “Accessing Smalltalk Web Services from Visual Studio Web Developer,” Diane Engles, Instantiations

4:30 – 5:30 – “Experience Report: Porting Packages from Pharo to VA Smalltalk,” John O’Keefe, Instantiations

5:30 – 6:00 – “Open Q & A and Closing Remarks”, Instantiations (including Eric Clayberg, remote); objektfabrik, Tricept

6:00 – Networking reception
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Re: VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010

Postby a3aan » Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:47 pm

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Re: VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010

Postby wembley » Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:45 am

Marten Feldtmann kindly videotaped the entire conference and has made the video files available on his website:

All videos have now been rendered and are available for download at:

I will publish them at my blog over the next days. You may download
these files and offer them for download at your site - also to help my
limited bandwidth.

As you may have noticed, the formats of these files are slightly
different - I tested several attempts to create these files. The most
time consuming video was the format of the "Update-802" talk by John
O'Keefe. I tried to copy/change the format of the PDC2008 conference of
Microsoft. Therefore I decided to use a larger screen resolution to get
a higher quality - but also much larger files. the PDC 2008 conference
actually had two camera: one for the speaker (and the sound) and one for
their presentations/demos (no sound needed) - which results in very nice
videos (also due to their very good light).

Just to get an idea: the original video source was HDTV (1440x720), to
be able to edit this format (file sizes > 4 GB) on a normal pc it has to
be converted to mpg2. To get a video like these ones rendered in the
final version takes around 2-4 hours. Some have to be rendered several
times to get smaller files and to correct errors. The video material had
to be made brighter, because light was not that good at the conference
and the large video screen produces too much light and the person
therefore was always too dark.

The "Update-802" video took more than 1 day for editing purposes to get
the final version. Therefore I decided to reduce the amount of work in
all other videos.

The sound of the Q+A session was bad - simply as it was in reality. I
sat in the back of the room and at least questions were very difficult
to understand.

Have fun with these videos. It was a nice conference.

Kindly regards,

Marten Feldtmann
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Re: VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010

Postby jtuchel » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:42 pm

First of all: A Big Thank You to Marten for all the effort for these great videos.

You can also read about the VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2007, 2008 and 2010 on my blog: You'll find details about our attendee's feedback and some background info.

We also have an alternative download site for the slides and videos at where you can also find the slides of past years.

I also enjoyed the Forum and had great fun getting in touch with lots of old friends and new contacts. I look forward to our next event!

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Re: VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010

Postby wembley » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:52 am

The sides and videos are now also available on our website - Download or view VA Smalltalk Forum 2010 Video Recordings and Presentations.
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