Northern hospitality at the DevExpress Meetup in Leeds

Thank you so much to those who came along to the DevExpress Meetup in Leeds last night. We all had a great time. The beer flowed and the buffet was terrific. I perhaps shouldn’t have eaten as much of the deep-fried cheese as I did, but what the heck … it’s Christmas Smile 

Rory with CustomersI’m sure all of those who joined Rory, Oliver and I at The Brewery Tap would join me in extending a thank you to our lovely barman, Phil. He kept every glass filled and had a smile and cheery word for everyone, despite being so busy in the downstairs bar! Thanks Phil!

I have thoroughly enjoyed our UK meetups, and having the opportunity to meet so many of you and listen to your experiences and better understand your day-to-day trials as developers. It has been very eye-opening for me, as well as hugely enjoyable. I hope that 2017 will bring many more opportunities for us to see you in-person and have more conversations.

One conversation really stood out for me at our get-together in Leeds, and that was with one of our customers who has recently made a huge leap from an older version of the DevExpress suite to bring themselves bang up-to-date with version 16. The excitement, passion, flow of ideas and desire to create something incredible for their end-users was a delight. To see the explosion of creativity that our products had made to that team was very inspiring. I can only hope that the release of v16.2 has provoked similar responses from other DevExpress customers.

Oliver with customersRory with a local DevExpress user

To all our customers who came out to see us in person, or who reached out to express an interest in meeting up, thank you. We are very humbled to have such engaged and supportive users.

Our meetups for 2016 are now over, but I hope to see many more of you in 2017.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy festive season and prosperous New Year!

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