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Moving to Rotterdam

Thursday, March 17, 2005, 15:56 — 2 comments Edit

This is probably the last post I write from Potsdam, Germany, at least for quite a while. I finished my studies at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut for Software-Systems-Engineering on February 28th with the degree of a Bachelor. Now I’m off to Rotterdam to start working at X-Hive, a company building an XQuery enabled XML database called X-Hive/DB and on top of that a Content Management System called X-Hive/Docato.

Both products seem to be really interesting, the team appears to be really cool, and Rotterdam is said to be a nice city too. So I’m really looking forward to this. I have been implementing XQuery as part of a students project in the last semester and I’m really eager to do more on that.

On the other hand, leaving Potsdam is quite sad. I found a lot of really good friends in the 3.5 years I spent in here, and I learned to love the city. From an aesthetic point of view Potsdam probably wins against Rotterdam with all it’s castles, lakes, rivers, parks etc. Rotterdam is quite a modern city, remembering me of Hannover, with lots of modern architecture and an impressive skyline. Let’s see how it works out.

This is the good news. The bad news is that I have to move all my stuff to Rotterdam. It’s not such a big distance (about 900kms from Berlin, should be reachable in one day) but I just hate moving. This is my fourth move in the last 4 years, which is really starting to annoy me. Also, renting a transporter to drive from Potsdam to Rotterdam is unreasonably expensive.

Dear Technical Communication Professional,

You are cordially invited to attend the 14th Conference of the Transalpine Chapter of the Society of Technical Communications (STC) from 28 September to 30 September 2005 at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Germany. This three day event, which is hosted by local members of the chapter in cooperation with the Embassy of Canada, will bring technical communicators from Europe and North America together to learn about the latest developments in our field and to assess the changing nature of our profession.

Our workshop leader is Michael Priestley, Information Developer for the IBM Toronto Software Development Laboratory, who will will conduct a one-day workshop about the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) on Wednesday. This workshop will give you an introduction to this open format and show you how to author technical information with the XML-based architecture.

Sessions on Thursday and Friday are jam packed with great speakers on a wide range of interesting topics for technical writers, and anyone interested in improving their writing skills.

For more details, see the attached pdf file and our new Conference website at

Hope to see you there.

Best regards,

Glenn Lea

Hi Martin,

I really like this website, and you are right Rotterdam is cool.

Regards Michiel