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Stuttgart, Gersfeld and Rhön

Last week, I was in Germany for Eclipse Summit Europe 2009.

While, not at the conference, I had time to be a tourist. The first stop was at the Porsche Museum.


The only sad thing about the Porsche Museum was that it’s closed on Mondays!

However, the dealership across the street was open and was just as good as a museum in my opinion.

Inside a Porsche


Porsche 3

The next stop on the tourism tour was Gersfeld. I hiked the Gersfeld area with friends and enjoyed the peaceful feeling of the trails.


It was freezing for a Texan, but the trails were enjoyable to hike through (there were even some signs in English).


What to do after all that hiking? Eat currywurst of course!


The final place I saw was Wasserkuppe, which if you are into gliders is awesome I highly recommend visiting it.


A big thank you to Ralph and Susan for being my courteous hosts.

Berlin and Kaiserschmarren

I was in Berlin last week… for the Eclipse Board Meeting. The meeting mainly focused on brainstorming and strategy sessions. Stay tuned to the Eclipse Committer Representative Blog next week for a full update on how the meeting went.

On a side note, Berlin is a beautiful city with a lot of history.


While I was there, I was introduced to Kaiserschmarren.


It was like an episode of Man v. Food… and food won.

Thanks to everyone for showing me around Berlin during my short stay!

Ludwigsburg Eclipse DemoCamp

I had the pleasure of attending the Ludwigsburg DemoCamp last night graciously hosted by WeigleWilczek (thank you Jörn).

Ed Merks, Ian Skerret and I had the pleasure of hearing talks from:

  • Heiko Seeberger, The Power of OSGi
  • Frank Gerhardt, Dynamische Server mit Eclipse Equinox
  • Markus Kopf, Jazz and fancy stuff

I think Frank did a really good job in explaining the power of OSGi via a simple MOTD web services demo. I tend to find that when people first come across OSGi, they don’t understand the power that dynamic updates can bring to your applications. When you see it happening live with a demo of bundles coming, going and being updated… you sit back and say… ya… that’s cool! I think we need to have more simple examples like the one Frank showed to help lower the learning barrier with OSGi.

To end the democamp, there was a vodka tasting:

I think after a few too many vodka tastings… I was trying to argue that vodka was invented in Poland, not Russia. I don’t remember how it came up, but things like that do sometimes 🙂

In the end, I had a great time in Germany (like always). I’m grateful to our kind German hosts for putting up such great events like Eclipse Summit Europe and the democamp. Thank you and I hope to see everyone next year!