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Amsterdam 

I'd like to tell you from my third visit to Amsterdam. I was a speaker at a workshop on Dynamic Web Processes at the 3rd International Conference on Service Oriented Computing evangelizing people to Pi-Calculus. Actually I talked about some vision named: Toward a Formal for Agile Service Discovery and Integration. Yes I have to confess: The slides contained formulas.

The city itself was a bit disappointing. Amsterdam in winter is way beyond what I remembered like it was in summer. Nevertheless, there was anything you would expect from this city ;-) We were even invited to the city hall, where someone very smart told us about how much Amsterdam has been waiting for a conference on service oriented computing.

The conference itself was quite disappointing. Paying 500 euros just to sit at uncomfortable chairs in a hotel conference room with only coffee delivered - I don't know why they didn't chosed one of the universities having real auditoriums. The conference itself is best described by: Italy and IBM. You either have to have an italien family name or work for IBM, best of all from India. Because I'm not related to any of that, I always felt a bit outside. Nevertheless, six guys from the HPI visiting this conference made it something like a school trip.
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