Banff Workshop

by Nate Hekman on September 25, 2008

We just wrapped up our Banff workshop, with about the best weather imaginable for a mountain autumn. Chilly mornings but gorgeous sun and highs in the 20s (Celsius) all week.  

It was great to see some of you there.  Believe it or not, I always learn a tonne from talking with you and watching how you work.  I walk away from workshops feeling invigorated and excited about the potential the future holds.

There are often some embarrassing moments.  Like when View Slice Information crashed within the first hour or two of the workshop, on the presenter’s computer as well as many of the attendees’.  We’ve been fighting that crash for months and thought we had it licked, but apparently not.  

There’s a happy ending to that story, however.  As a result of watching it happen to a whole roomful of people, by the end of the next day I was able to find the bad line of code and finally fix it.  I think for real this time!  The next release (7.13–which we just released yesterday) includes this fix as well as a host of other improvements.

This was our first time to offer an optional fourth day.  The dynamics of that last day were much different than the first three.  The smaller group and more casual sessions allowed us to have more informal discussions and get to know each others’ backgrounds a bit more.

I’m definitely looking forward to next year’s workshop.

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