yesterday's osdw track went really well. we covered the basics including setting up a build env, dcop, kparts, makefiles, basics of kdelibs and qt and some of our xml driven devel tools. many of those who attended came up afterwards and said how much they enjoyed the material covered. more than a few were surprised and impressed by the kde development tools and APIs.
microsoft has sent a developer evangelist from the area to attend the sessions. i think he's in scott colin's talk on porting windows apps to linux right now, actually. i talked with him over lunch yesterday and he was pretty tight lipped about his reasons and hopes in attending. just keeping up with the competition i'm sure.
lunch was great, with lots of hot pizza being eaten and hacking going on (as you can see above). some of the attendees asked if we were going to hold a purely hacking session at some point; perhaps we'll do that at future events. i really didn't think about that this time around.
the linspire people have been beyond amazing in their support. they are picking us up each morning at the hotel and driving us back in the evening. they arranged for a dinner out last night at a local brew-pub:
several linspire employees joined us for dinner. we chatted about all sorts of things from technology to politics to beer to ... after a few finish-off-the-evening scotches at a little place down the street from the restaurant called excelsior i headed back to the hotel and crashed out, but not before seeing some of the amazingly cool stuff george has whipped up for his presentation today including an ioslave that uses dcop to control a web browser in some pretty innovative ways. when he posts the code later i'll blog more about it. =)