The Florida SunFlash

            Common Desktop Environment Developers Conference
          A technology of the Common Open Software Environment
                          October 26-28, 1993
                       San Jose Convention Center

SunFLASH Vol 56 #17                                              August 1993
56.17   COSE Developers Conference October 26-28, 1993 San Jose CA
        Information about conference and COSE
        1.  What is the common open software environment?
        2.  What is the Common Desktop Environment?
        3.  Who should Attend the CDE Developers Conference?
        4.  What is the Conference Program?
            1.  Keynote
            2.  Executive Panel - the common open software environment
            3.  Overview of the Common Desktop Environment
            4.  Panel Discussion - Why CDE Makes $ense
            5.  Roundtable with CDE Architects
            5.  Why should you register now?
            6.  What will you leave with?  What will be taken away?

Here are some important facts about the upcoming CDE Developers Conference.
(I've also attached an internet posting which was posted to the net in July;
it includes a listing of the proposed conference technical sessions)

        Who:    ISVs, In-house Developers, System Administrators

        What:   CDE Developers Conference

        When:   Tuesday-Thursday, October 26-28, 1993
                (Optional Motif Tutorial on Monday, October 25, tbd)

        Where:  San Jose Convention Center

        Why:    To learn about the Common Desktop Environment
                -- it's more than X11/R5 Motif -- which will be made
                available by Sun, HP, IBM, Novell (USL and Univel),
                SCO and others in mid-1994

                To receive CDE sample implementation code,
                documentation, and access to specifications

                To get a head start in planning your development
                needs for CY 1994

                To learn how to maximize development/porting costs
                across five major platforms

                To participate in BOFs and SIGs for CDE and other
                technologies of the common open software environment
                (it's politically incorrect to say COSE and not as
                offensive to use "cose") -- however, the bulk of
                the conference will focus on CDE and it's content rich!

        Cost:   $895 per person
                $795 if you register before 10/1
                $695 if three or more people from the same company
                        register at the same time
                To register (for customers)*: 800/225-4698


1.  What is the common open software environment?

The common open software environment process was announced by
Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation, The Santa Cruz Operation,
SunSoft, Inc., Univel, and UNIX System Laboratories in March 1993.
These sponsoring companies saw the need to expedite the adoption of
standards and promote greater consistency and interoperability among
UNIX system products in the industry.  In addition to the Common
Desktop Environment (CDE), other areas of focus for the common open
software environment include graphics, multimedia, object technology,
system administration and networking.


2. What is the Common Desktop Environment?

The Common Desktop Environment provides end users with an innovative,
intuitive, easy-to-use desktop computing environment.  CDE provides
software developers with a single set of programming interfaces for HP,
IBM, SCO, SunSoft, Univel, USL and other platforms.

The Common Desktop Environment incorporates existing technology from
participating vendors and has been designed to support distributed
enterprise computing applications.  As such, it will scale across a
range of client/server platforms, support small workgroups to large
enterprises, and support simple text and data uses as well as advanced
collaborative multimedia applications.


3. Who should Attend the CDE Developers Conference?

        * people who would like to expand the number of platforms
          that their existing applications run on.

        * people interested in creating applications that will run
          on platforms available from multiple vendors.

        * people who want to take full advantage of the desktop
          feature set to deliver applications that are highly
          integrated with the desktop.

        * system integrators who provide cross platform solutions.

        * OEMs interested in providing CDE on their platforms.

If you are a:

   -  Software Engineer
   -  System Administrator
   -  Engineering manager
   -  Value added reseller
   -  Independent software vendor
   -  Original Equipment Manufacturer
   -  Systems integrator
   -  Software and technology consultant
   -  System Engineer

then you should attend the CDE Developers Conference so you can immediately
begin to take advantage of the benefits CDE has to offer.


4. What is the Conference Program?

The CDE Developers Conference is the official developers conference for
the Common Desktop Environment.  This is a technical conference which
will feature sessions taught by the developers of the CDE software.

A series of general conference sessions will provide answers to key
management questions.  By attending the General Session, you will meet
with the key industry executives who are sponsoring the common open
software environment.  And, you will learn, first-hand, why the CDE is
so important to software development.  You will get a jump on your

The CDE Technical Program will feature in-depth courses, papers,
tutorials, technology demonstrations, and expert panel discussions on
how to implement the CDE, providing application developers,
multi-platform software suppliers, end users, and systems integrators
with the latest technical details about writing and integrating
applications for the CDE.

                             CDE Developer's Conference

General Sessions

1.  Keynote
2.  Executive Panel - the common open software environment
3.  Overview of the Common Desktop Environment
4.  Panel Discussion - Why CDE Makes $ense
5.  Roundtable with CDE Architects

CDE Technical Program

Adding File Types and Actions to the Desktop:
Tools, API's, and configuration files for defining new desktop icons
and associating them with applications or data files.

Application Installations Techniques:
Description of the policies and guidelines for delivering and
application that will automatically integrate into the desktop.

CDE Customization and Your Applications:
Tools, API's and configuration files that enable your application to
participate in CDE customizing.

CDE Graphical User Interface Toolkits:
An overview of CDE's GUI toolkits.

CDE System Architecture:
Overview of the API's, guidelines, and configuration files for creating
CDE applications.

Customizing Your Front Panel:
Tools, API's, and configuration files for controlling the layout and
content of the CDE front panel.

Desktop Administration:
An overview of the policies and configuration files that control your
CDE desktop.

Drag and Drop:
API's and policies for adding drag and drop to your applications.

Drag & Drop Proxy

Guidelines for Common Font Use:
API's and conventions for accessing CDE fonts from your application.

Help Design and Authoring:
Techniques for authoring hyperlinked, online information.

Internationalization and Localization for Global Applications

I18N + L10N = Globalization:
Standard API's and CDE conventions for configuring your application
for specific countries and languages.

Leveraging CDE Applications with Messaging:
API's and conventions for integrating your application with other
applications and the desktop through messaging.

Linking into Help Services:
API's for adding online help to your application.

Migrating Applications (Panel):
Tips for migrating existing applications into CDE.

Motif Interfaces for Shell Scripts:
Tutorial on adding Motif interfaces to your shell scripts.

Placing Your Application in a Workspace:
API's for integrating your application into the workspace.

Power of the Distributed Desktop:
Understand how to take full advantage of the CDE's client/server
capabilities in a distributed, heterogeneous network.

Session Management:
API's and conventions for preserving your application's state across
login and logout.

Taking CDE Home

Terminal Emulator

Tools and Tips for Icon Design:
Guidelines for creating effective icons for your application.

Usability and Style:
Using the CDE style guide to create intuitive
applications.  Includes suggestions for using color effectively.

Will My Existing Application Run On CDE (Panel):
Questions and answers on integrating existing, unmodified applications
into CDE.

You Can Print From X!:
API's for adding WYSIWYG printing to X applications.

In additional, a full day Motif tutorial will be offered for people who
desire to build or enhance their Motif programming skills.

5.  Why should you register now?
   -  you will save $100 on the registration fee
   -  space is limited
   -  free attendance at full day Motif tutorial
   -  first selection on registering for sessions

6.  What will you leave with?  What will be taken away?

By the conclusion of the CDE Developers Conference, you will receive:
   -  Pre-release software of the CDE for the Intel, IBM, HP, and Sun
      platforms on CD
   -  CDE documentation
   -  Conference proceedings
   -  Membership in The UniForum Association

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