Applications development conference set for Gold Coast

An annual three-day conference that will look into the Visual Objects application development environment is aimed at unravelling the mysteries of Microsoft's .Net framework to application developers.

Targeted at CA-Visual Objects users, Clipper/Xbase communities and desktop application developers who are keen to expand their skills, the Devcon conference will be held in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, from April 6 to 9 2003. The conference is being presented by Melbourne-based software solutions company Software Objectives, which distributes Visual Objects.

Software Objective's senior partner Geoff Schaller says the 2003 conference will be the first commercial Devcon conference held in Australia, with the previous three conferences running as non-profit events. Attendance figures at this year's event are forecast to reach the 100 mark, he said.

Devcon is an international series of Developer conferences. Sister conferences are held annually in Germany, The Netherlands, UK and the US.

While most of the topics covered during the three days will relate to Visual Objects, several of the advanced sessions will focus on combining the tool with other development languages and platforms, such as .Net, XML and Web services. Several sessions will also be devoted to analysing ways of developing applications for handheld and wireless tools independently of Visual Objects.

Schaller said delving into other platforms like .Net will help Australian application developers embrace other application languages and provide a more comprehensive service to their clients. While the corporate environment has not yet made the leap to .Net, developers need to take advantage of the platform now if they are to continue servicing the needs of their clients. Especially, he added, if those clients are using .Net servers in three years time.

Speakers at the Australian Devcon 03 will include both international and local industry representatives. Overseas personalities include US-based Carolina Software president Ginny Caughhey, and Netherlands visual objects pioneer Ed Richard. The Australian contingent will include Peter Fallon, director of customs and consulting software company Castle Software Australia, and Microsoft Australia developer Charles Sterling. More speakers are expected to be announced shortly.

According to Schaller, around 300 Australian developers currently use Visual Objects tools to create applications for both small and large organisations, including Shell Service Stations, AMP and CSIRO.

More information on the Devcon ‘03 conference is available on the Software Objective's Web site:

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