Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

Bos2010 highlights – Boston

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Boston sunset

Boston is my favourite city in the USA (with San Francisco a close second). I need very little persuasion to leave my lair in the depths of Kent, abandon the hop fields and jump on a flight.

I first went to Boston in 2001 when we did a speaking slot at the Seybold conference (remember those) and Boston was still a bit of a building site with the delayed railway. 2010 was my most recent visit, when I came back for the Business of  Software Conference. And a month later I miss being there…

So why is Boston such an amazing place? I think it  manges to mix the best of America and the UK, so it feels familiar and a bit different.

Boston park

It has a great park, some fantastic bookshops (my daughter complained that she could not get SkyClan’s Destiny in the UK) and lots going on. I spent one day trying to squeeze in lots of shopping (my family sent me with a long list) and another watching the whales off the coast. I have the Boston Aquarium penguin webcam on my browser so I catch-up on their antics when I need a distraction.

So long and thanks for all the fish

What is your favourite thing about Boston (or is another city even better)?

Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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