I have always appreciated Eclipse events, and see them as a great opportunity to meet the community. I think that from connections made over frosty beverages could emerge new ideas and durable collaborations. This year the convention in europe will celebrate 10 years of Eclipse, it's an unique chance for measuring the road we have traveled, but also to discuss about the future and new ways to explore :
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But August 17 is approaching and if you dot have done it yet, it's time for a submission. To not miss accidentaly deadlines there is even a calendar you may import.
Last but not least there will be Java 7 summit organized by Oracle this year, another reason to come.