Do you remember back in school when you learned stuff you certainly would not need anymore in your future life? I thought the same thing when we programmed things in Delphi (those things actually were quite interesting, though). After Phil poked me once again yesterday, I finally decided to fix long-standing bug #145. So, guess what, the setup system we use (InnoSetup) is not only written in Delphi but also allows custom Pascal Code to be executed during setup. So this is what I came up with, and it would certainly have taken me some more hours if I did not know Delphi before.
I wonder however whether I will have to use Java for some real-world application one day. I would be nearly as good prepared as I was for the Delphi task.
I met a couple of interesting people there like Philip van Hoof, the author of the Tinymail framework, Robert McQueen from the Telepathy project and Jochen Topf who pointed me to the OpenStreetMap project (and who is also living in Karlsruhe, by the way). There was also a lot of VoIP and Telephony stuff I do not know much about and I did not understand that much, but it was nevertheless pretty interesting and fun. I really enjoyed Sean Egan's talk on XMPP, too.
Things I want to keep in mind for the next conference:
Do not pronounce Gobby in a way so that people might understand Kopete.
When doing a five minute talk, only prepare for about four minutes, because it will eventually take longer. Apropos lightning talk, the slides of my Gobby Status talk are here. OpenOffice messed the headers up when exporting to PDF, but I don't want to fiddle around with that at the moment. Also expect a blog entry about that topic in the near future.
Last but not least, I want to thank Dave Neary (and probably OpenWengo) for providing me free accommodation and for the dinner Wednesday night. Perhaps we meet again next year.
If you are stumbling over this while reading Planet Gnome, then I have been added to the latter. Thanks Jeff!
For those who do not know me yet: I am a 20-year old German guy, developer of Gobby, and doing various GNOME-related things as a part-time Openismus employee. Currently, I am working on porting Glom to the new libgda 3.0 API.