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GeoTools was really well represented at this years Free and Open Source Geospatial conference. One of the advantages of being a library is that we can really everywhere.

I am going to start with just a list of links and then try and ask the authors for a couple of comments on how their lab / presentation / demo went.

Workshops and Labs

Introduction to Geospatial Collaboration using GeoServer

These guys had a great time - I ran into The Open Open Planning Project crew after words in the pub and they were all smiles. The room was at capacity with 80 people.

A full complement of GeoServer developers showed to provide lots of personal attention. Thanks to Chris Holmes, Justin, Saul Faber, Scott Davis and Simone.

An Introduction to the uDig Open Source Desktop

This lab was great. I talked for a total of a two minuets before letting people have at it. We went through
A range of power users and developers showed up to provide that all important personal touch. The room was completely full with a couple of mac user sitting on the floor at the back - and everyone went home happy.

Thanks to Jody, Jesse, Cory, Andrea, Brock.

How to Cope with GeoSpatial - The Pragmatic Intro for the Java Developers

This was the only hard-core hands on programming lab at the conference this year. Thanks to everyone who attended! GeoTools was used to access a Web Map Server, generate a Shape file, hack away at PostGIS (using Common Query Language and Filter 1.0). Students that finished early got a chance to visualization with Images and Shapefiles.

One user commented that this was what a lab should be - not a lot of talking and all the instructions printed out. Don't tell the uDig crew but we used QGis to check that shapefiles were generated correctly. One difficulty we encountered was the local install of GeoServer had been messed up by a previous Lab.

Thanks to Jody, Martin, Brock an Melisa for pulling this one together. Special thanks to Andrea and Jesse for the code review.


As far as I know this is the only presentation to get interrupted by a round of applause - for the GeoServer/Google Earth time demo (which is admittedly really cool).

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