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On the Road Again, Boston Bound (Eventually)

Bags packed? Check. Hair cut? Check. Used paperback books? Check. Power converter? Check. Okay, almost ready for lift off. (But what am I forgetting?) As you can probably tell, it's time for me to hit the road again.

Bags packed? Check. Hair cut? Check. Used paperback books? Check. Power converter? Check. Okay, almost ready for lift off. (But what am I forgetting?) As you can probably tell, it's time for me to hit the road again.

First up is Trolltech Developer Days in Munich Germany. Oops, make that Qt Developer Days . Recall that Trolltech recently changed its name  to Qt Software. By whatever name, it looks to be interesting.

From Munich, it's off to London for the Symbian Smartphone Show  and its Mobile DevFest. I've been to the Smartphone Show before, and it's always interesting. This year's addition -- and focus -- on developers makes it even more so, I hope.

Once my phone is smart (no matter if its owner is otherwise), its on to the LinuxExpo Live, also in London, which bills itself as "the next generation of Open Source Event". And since the event is co-located with the CreativePro Expo and MacLive Expo, I expect to run across an iPhone or two.

From there, I'll be winging it to Boston for our own Software Development Best Practices conference on October 27-30 at the Hynes Convention Center. From what I've seen, the sessions look really lively, addressing key elements of software development. Moreover, the keynotes look to be fascinating, with the likes of Joel Spolsky on "Making Great Software", Martin Cooper (inventor of the first portable cellular radiotelephone) on "Whatever Happened to Personal Broadband Wireless?", our own Scott Ambler, along with Terry Quatrani, on "Modeling Strategies, Philosophies, and Techniques: Traditional vs. Agile", and more.

As for me, I'll be handing out flyers, fetching bottles of water for the speakers, and directing traffic. (Assuming I actually find my way from Munich to Boston, you can trust my sense of direction.) I'll also be hosting the Developer Bowl East competition which will pit against each other teams from Cisco, Nokia, IBM, and Curl.

I hope to see some of you at some of the events. (But I admit it would be weird to see you at all of them.) But if we hook up in Boston, be sure to stop and say "hi". Coffee is my treat.