So, having made the decision to meet up at London for the osCommerce public meeting, my first task was to book train tickets as there’s no way I’m driving! With that done, and quite cheaply too I might add, I then had to decide on the logistics of getting from my place to the train station (2.5 hours drive), then the train (another 2 hours). As I had never been to London, the experience was novel, especially the tube (underground system) – tip for anyone; try not to mix up “north” and “south” ahem 😉
I finally arrived at the Match Bar after some wandering around the sights and sounds of London. A round of introductions ensued – everyone knew who I was by the name, which was great (or maybe not so great, depending upon how you look at it lol). I met;
– Harald Ponce de Leon
– Mark Evans
– Matthijs vd Vegte
– Jan Zonjee
– Nick Weisser
– Mark from the forum and who has posted on this blog as “enigma1”
– Bruno and his business partner (Presta Shop guys)
– Yubico Guy (there will be a post soon about Yubi Key, their product)
— as well as more whose names I am afraid to say I forget – sorry!
We discussed the past, present and, importantly, the future of osCommerce – with some debate about the commerical aspect of osCommerce [how it is seen by different people], some of the forum characters, some of the people intent on destroying osCommerce and lots of other stuff. It was a worthwhile exercise and great to finally meet up with people who I’ve “known” for a long time but never met in real life.
Some great ideas were brought up, not only for osCommerce, but also for the osCommerce forum – I truly believe that osCommerce will be seen (once again) as something which people will want to use.
Summing up; really great to meet some good guys and would have been nice to see more UK people make an effort to be there, after all, it’s not often that you have the chance to speak with the developers of a software application face-to-face. Watch out for the next osCommerce meeting (coming up soon), which will be a BLAST!