Dateline: September 2013; Event: Basta; Location: Mainz

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25 September 2013

We’re here at the fall Basta, which, like last year, is in the Rheingoldhalle along the Rhine in Mainz. And by “we” I mean the most prolific German speakers we have at DevExpress: Oliver Sturm (who, it must be admitted, is German), John Martin (who lives here in Germany), Seth Juarez (whose fave German word, and the only one, seems to be ‘fantastisch’), and yours truly (who can only order two beers at once – zwei Bier bitte – because I’ve forgotten the word for ‘one’). Luckily for Seth and I, many attendees know some English and so we’re able to present our products and answer technical questions.

If the worst comes to the worst however, Oliver is able to pick up the baton. Here he is doing a rapid presentation of DevExtreme and PhoneJS:

Oliver Sturm talking about DevExtreme and PhoneJS

Yes I was right at the back of that crowd, holding my phone in the air to take that snap. Mind you immediately after the presentation, we raffled off a copy of DXperience to a lucky attendee. Tomorrow, there’s a similar chance to win Universal, so if you are at the show, please come on over before 1:30 and grab a raffle ticket. And a t-shirt (Eat-Sleep-Code makes a comeback). And a popper. And a go at the golf putting range we have by the side of the booth. Ah, heck, just come over and have a chat – I’m amazed at how many people I recognize from last year.

There’s a great line-up of speakers – I’m certainly impressed enough to wish I could go to some of the talks. Plenty of sodas and water to drink, great food: the organizers are to be applauded at such a great show. If you’re not here, you’d better make a reservation now for 12 months from now.

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