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Monday, May 17, 2004

Back from Germany

Just back from a quick visit to Germany and startext, an IT shop that is getting heavily into Tapestry. They brought me out for 3 1/2 days of training and mentoring and it was a blast. We went through my available presentations quickly, but the fun started with live coding ... by them and by me. They learned a lot about Tapestry and I learned a lot about teaching Tapestry ... such as, dive right into the code as fast as possible!

We hit a lot of subjects quickly, getting right into things like creating new components, and generating JavaScript dynamically. They had some interesting requirements, such as having disabled text fields submit anyway (we had to hook the form's onsubmit event handler to re-enable the fields just before the form submitted). Then things got even wackier when we tried to combine that, with ValidFields using client-side validation, and a drop-down list that forced a page refresh (and caused a second drop-down list to update to a different set of values). In fact, some of the stuff I learned can be rolled into Tapestry 3.1.

I felt bad that I didn't have a lot of time to study up on Tree and Table; as it turns out, they really liked seeing me puzzle it out as I went; they picked up from me some tips about how to do it themselves. All in all, a succesful trip, but getting to Bonn and back (via train and jet) was brutal (and took longer than I had power in my iPod).

Now I'm home for a couple of days to try and resynchronize my internal clock, then off to Denver.

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