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.

Four reasons to attend the IText developer conference

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Our friends at IText are organising a free one day conference in March in Ghent, Belgium. I think there are usually FOUR reasons to go to a conference:-

1. The speakers. A really good speaker can give you a large amount of really useful information, loads of new ideas, a fresh perspective and entertain at the same time. That is why I often go to Bos conference – where I have heard the likes of Seth Godin, Paul Kenny, Eric Sink and Dharmesh Shah – or Javaone and Devoxx (Joshua Block in particular is always first rate).

2. The attendees. A conference is really made by lots of intelligent attendees with similar interests.

3. The location. I have been lucky enough to visit some really nice locations (I think Boston or San Francisco are my favourites) and put it down as a business expense!

4. Cost. Some conferences can be very pricey 🙁

Well, this conference definitely ticks all the boxes! It will be a free one-day conference in a beautiful location with lots of people to talk about PDF issues and lots of expert talks. There will also be users explaining how they use IText and PDF.

If you do not use IText it will be an interesting introduction and there will be lots of general details on working with PDF files. Speakers will include Bruno Iowagie (‘Mr’ IText himself) and Leonard Rosenthol (PDF Architect & Principal Scientist at Adobe Systems) – he is the guy Bruno and me ask when we have a PDF question which we do not know the answer to after only 15 years experience…

I have been asked to talk on the internal structure of PDF files (so you understand how to use them) and will also cover transfering your Java skills to HTML5 and using it as a replacement to PDF on the mobile platform. And I may even include some kittens

So if you are at all interested in working with PDF files, I hope to see you at the Itext conference in March – places are limited so sign up this week.

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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