Xojo Event, Birmingham UK, 21-22 November 2013

The Xojo Developers UK User Group is pleased to announce a two-day conference on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd November 2013, at the Regus office, Ground Floor, One Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BD.


The Thursday will be a Xojo training day, when the excellent Christian Schmitz of Monkeybread Software will teach attendees how to create an integrated application using a combination of a Console app, a desktop app and a web app. Also with example projects for advanced language features, sockets, xml, file handling and threads.

PLEASE NOTE: The training day is administered by Christian Schmitz directly, places can be booked and payment for the day made via his website at: http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/events/


The Friday is packed with developer presentations and networking opportunities. During the day there will be presentations from guest speakers from the UK and abroad, including:

Eric Gibbon, MacTasks - Welcome, Introductions and Xojo Developer Networking
Eric is a Real Studio / Xojo developer of long standing, specialising in cross-platform desktop databases for the publishing and voluntary services sector. He has recently begun developing web-based applications for clients using Xojo.

Richard Duke, ArtScene - Succeeding in Business Using Xojo
Richard runs a very successful business. ArtScene is now recognised as the supplier of the world’s leading systems and services for Art and Antique dealers, Artists, Collectors, Museums, Restorers and the Insurance Market. Learn how to be successful in your software business from a man who knows.

Christian Schmitz, Monkeybread - Monkeybread plugins
Christian is a major player in the Xojo world, creating excellent Xojo plugins and actively providing Xojo development, support and training services. His Monkeybread plugins are used all over the world, and he organises Xojo events in Europe and the UK. Not to be missed.

Tom Catchesides, Light Blue Software - Building Databases for Consumer Applications
Tom is a Director of Light Blue Software, an independent UK-based company which makes business management software for photographers that’s really easy to use. Formerly one of the UK’s leading wedding photographers, Tom is the technical brains behind Light Blue, the company’s top-class CRM system, built in Xojo.

Hamish Symington, Light Blue Software
Hamish is a Director of Light Blue Software, a Cambridge-based company which develops business management software for photographers using Xojo. Hamish will present a half-hour look at how to turn a good application into a great one, including looking at how to plan ahead to reduce support queries, how to have your application report unexpected quits without bothering the user, with some design tricks to really add polish.

Geoff Perlman, CEO, Xojo Inc.
In the afternoon we will also have a video chat and special demonstration of the latest from Xojo with Geoff Perman of Xojo Inc. Get the latest Xojo news and your questions answered straight from the man at the top!


Thursday 21st November

09:00 Xojo Training (full day) with Christian Schmitz (Monkeybread Software)
18:00 Get together at Jimmy Spices (Broad Street, Birmingham)

Friday 22nd November

Eric Gibbon of MacTasks will be host for the day. There will be plenty of time for networking and Q&A, where you can get help with your questions and issues from others, and perhaps demonstrate your software to others. If you are a Xojo developer, or are thinking about developing in Xojo, there will be something for you. Bring your laptop! There will be free wi-fi available throughout the day.

09.00 Welcome, Introductions and UK Xojo Networking (Eric Gibbon)
09.30 Succeeding in Business Using Xojo (Richard Duke)
10.15 COFFEE
10.30 Monkeybread Plugins (Christian Schmitz)
11.30 Designing Databases for Consumer Applications (Tom Catchesides)
12.15 LUNCH
13.15 Making pretty, clever applications (Hamish Symington)
13.45 Six 10-Minute Attendee Presentations ***
14.45 COFFEE
15.00 Xojo Inc. News & Video Chat Demo (Geoff Perlman)
16.00 Open Q&A

Please note speakers and times may change.


During the Friday we will also have time for six 10-minute presentations. The rule for the presenter is simple - in your 10-minute slot, you must be able to set up with the projector, show something cool you did using Xojo, explain how it was done, provide working sample code for the other attendees to be able to freely download or take away from the event, and disconnect for the next presenter to set up. If you would like to present, please contact Eric Gibbon on eric@mactasks.com and say what you would like to show.


Refreshments are available on arrival and at break times, but lunch is not provided. However, Victoria Square is in the heart of Birmingham. There are many cash points, cafs, bars, sandwich and food shops close by.


There will also be a social get-together from 7pm on Thursday 21st November, at Jimmy Spices, Broad Street, Birmingham. This is a great opportunity to meet other Xojo developers, to socialise and to pick up tips and get your questions answered. The socialising will likely go on until very late - not to be missed!


To book a place at the Friday event, please visit http://realstudio-events-uk.eventbrite.co.uk. Book early, there are only 25 places available. Places are booked on a first-come-first-served basis.

The cost of attending on the Friday is only 42 +VAT including booking fee.

An information PDF of local hotels and directions to the event will be sent out to booked attendees.

We look forward to you joining us.


For further information, please contact Eric Gibbon, on +44 (0) 7961 123702 or at eric@mactasks.com