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The OS/2 and eComStation Developer Workshop 2005 in Dresden

By Robert Henschel © June 2005

Workshop Logo Maybe you have heard about an event called the "OS/2 and eComStation Developers Workshop" and have wondered if you should attend? Or perhaps you would like to have some more information about this event? To answer those questions, I decided to write this short VOICE Newsletter article.

General Information

The OS/2 and eComStation Developers Workshop is an event for software developers who write drivers and applications for OS/2 or eComStation. The workshop does not try to compete with the Warpstock conferences! The workshop is different because it is aimed at developers and the workshop program focuses on software and driver development. The workshop is the right place to talk to other developers, think about current or new projects, and discuss problems. We also hope that during the workshop and in the evenings there are interesting discussions about current software development issues on OS/2.

The workshop is being organized by and the OS/2 User Group Dresden. The main organizers are Adrian Gschwend of and Robert Henschel of the OS/2 User Group Dresden.

The Developers Workshop 2005 is being held on the weekend of July 09 and 10, 2005 in Dresden, Germany. The rooms for the workshop are rented from the Dresden University of Technology. They are located in the Willers-Bau, a building on the main campus of the university. The workshop location can be reached easily by public transportation.

About Dresden

Dresden is the capital of the Free State of Saxony and has a population of approximately 500,000 people. The city is located roughly two hours (200 kilometers) south of Berlin or an hour (120 kilometers) to the south east of Leipzig. Dresden can be easily reached by car via the A5 and A4 from Frankfurt a.M., and via the A13 from Berlin. In addition, there are several ICE train connections to Dresden. Dresden also has an airport; you can find more information about it by visiting the workshop's homepage.

FrauenkircheAmong the most famous buildings of Dresden is the "Frauenkirche," or Church of Our Lady. It is obvious that this church was also the basis for the workshop logo.

The Frauenkirche was destroyed in the bombing of Dresden in World War II on February 13, 1945. During the existence of the GDR, the ruin was conserved as a monument against war within the inner city of Dresden. After reunification of Germany, reconstruction of the church began and will be finished this year! The reconstruction was mainly financed by donations from all over the world. The Frauenkirche is situated in the historic center of Dresden, among the Zwinger, the Semper Opera, and the "Grünes Gewölbe" (Green Vault).

More information about Dresden can be found on the excellent Wikipedia pages about Dresden. It is available in German and English. The official webpage of Dresden is also available in German and English.

Registering for the Workshop

You can register online for the workshop. Just like Warpstock Europe, we are using the Mensys online shop to collect the registration fee. More information about the registration process can be found on the workshop's homepage.

The registration fee is:

The tickets include the entrance fee for the workshop as well as snacks and a limited number of non-alcoholic beverages during the workshop. Lunch is not included. A part of the registration fee is used to pay travel costs for developers from Eastern Europe. If you want to contribute extra money for travel costs of developers from Eastern Europe, you can purchase Workshop Sponsor Units.

To reserve the appropriate number of rooms for the workshop, we need to know about how many people want to attend. Because of this, we ask all participants to register online.

It is also possible to register at the check-in desk. However, we can only sell the remaining free places. If you make a last minute decision to attend the workshop, please write an e-mail to the organizers.

Workshop Program

The emphasis of the workshop is on interesting presentations and discussions. Developers who are interested in USB should not miss the presentation from Exigen about "OS/2 USB Stack Development Guidelines."

Another device driver presentation is given by Alexandr Cherkaev and is called "Creating an OS/2 IEEE 1394 (Firewire) Driver."

There are also topics those who are more interested in application development. One of them is the presentation from Jan van Wijk called "Developing Cross-platform Text-based Applications in C using the OpenWatcom Compiler on OS/2." And there are two presentations which address development topics around eComStation: "Development Roadmap for eComStation" and "Translating eComStation."

For an up-to-date list of presentations please visit the workshop's homepage.

Just as important as the presentations are personal discussions among developers. We hope that we have arranged the presentations in a way that there is enough room for such discussions during and after the workshop.

The current planning calls for an active workshop program on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. There will be breaks between the presentations in which you may eat some snacks. We will pause for lunch around noon. A discussion among all participants of the workshop about current development topics is also planned.

We will organize a dinner in a nice restaurant Saturday evening. All participants of the workshop are invited to join and have a good time. More information about all this will be made available on the workshop's homepage.


I hope this article has answered a few questions about the Developers Workshop. If you would like more information about a special topic, please contact the organizers. An e-mail address can be found on workshop's homepage.

If you want to stay informed about the workshop, feel free to join the "Announcement mailing list." And once again, information about the mailing list can be found on the workshop's homepage.


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Wikipedia informationen about Dresden (German):
Wikipedia informationen about Dresden (English):
Official homepage city of Dresden (German):
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