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Posted by Steve Lay

Earlier this week I finished booking my travel for the forthcoming European Users Conference.  This year’s conference is being held 9 – 11 October in Brussels, which gives me a great opportunity to use the Channel Tunnel.  With so many cheap flights available from my local airport, I’m ashamed to say that I have never been through the Chunnel before, despite walking past the terminal every time I travel to Questionmark’s London Office!  (And guess what: the train turns out to be just as cheap as the plane!)
But it isn’t just the journey I’m looking forward to: it’s the conference program!
To start with, our Dutch distributor, Stoas, will be running a bonus session on using QMWISe, our web-service interface.  Last year’s session was so popular there was standing room only.
As someone who has been closely involved with the development of technical standards for assessment content, I’m also intrigued by Gregory Furter’s session on using Notepad++ and regular expressions to import large numbers of questions.
For less technical delegates, John Dermo will be giving tips on large scale deployments in the Case Studies strand.  John recently won best paper award at the CAA 2011 conference in Southampton; there are pictures and a link to John’s paper on the CAA website.
Continuing with the theme of large deployments, Michel Duijvestijn from Rotterdam will be talking about the use of JMeter to test and optimize an OnPremise deployment of Perception.
On the second day of the conference, David Lewis will be talking about his Blackboard integration at the University of Glamorgan and Onno Thompson will be updating us on the way ECABO use QMWISe to help create their integrations.
I’ve highlighted just a few papers from the programme.  The Product Management team will of course be available in Product Central.  I’m also talking in the Best Practice track on “Using Web Services to Integrate with Questionmark Perception”.  In fact, I spoke last month to Jane Townsend, our Marketing Coordinator, about that session, which you can read about elsewhere on the blog.
As always, we’ll be extending the conversation through the use of various social networking streams so don’t forget to pack your mobile.
See you at #qmcon