4D Summit 2016 Photos


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Here is a sampling of photos from the 4D Summit in Portland, OR, April 4 - 7, 2016. Click on any photo to see a larger version.

Monday, April 4, 2016: After spending the weekend in the Seattle area, my husband, Tom, and I headed back to Portland so I could attend the 4D Summit. This was the first Summit since the San Antonio Summit in the fall of 2014 so don't even think that I missed last year's.
There's Portland, ...
... and there's the iconic Portland, Oregon sign.
Before dropping off our rental car, we headed to Voodoo Doughnut Too, just in case we didn't make it to the original Voodoo Doughnut later in the week (spoiler: we did).
Even mid-morning on a Monday, there was a line. We were unfortunate enough to arrive behind several busloads of students.
Here's the written menu, ...
... and here's the visual menu.
Take a closer look at some of the treats available.
Crullers! Including the lemon chiffon cruller featured in one of Rogue Ale's doughnut-flavored beers.
This level featured the famous Maple Bacon Bar, the Voodoo doll, and the large chocolate-covered doughnut in the above left part of this photo that can't be politely described on a family website.
More doughnuts.
We made our selection, including some Voodoo stickers, and took our lovely pink box to the parking lot.
We went with the obvious choice: the Voodoo Doll. Love the eyes and teeth on this guy.
We also got the lemon chiffon cruller (surprisingly disappointing), the Old Dirty Bastard, the Portland Cream, and the Maple Bacon Bar.
Next, we drove out to the airport, dropped off our car, and got a shuttle back to the city. We shared an awkward drive into the city with Jeff and his latest colleagues, who just happened to show up for the shuttle at the same time.
We ran into our good friend Tom D. at the hotel and invited him up to our room after we checked in.
Our room had a great view of the river and the clouds overhead.
What's this? The clouds are going away? Of course they are, because that's how amazing our weather luck is.
The three of us headed out to find some lunch. We passed a couple of food trucks along the way and took note, so that Tom could grab some lunch while Tom D. and Debbie and several hundred other people attended the 4D Summit for the next couple of days.
It's almost comical how great our weather luck is. You can see that the streets were freshly wet from rain, but the sun was shining on us the minute we stepped outside.
We enjoyed lunch a couple of blocks away from the hotel and had a great time catching up.
Back at the hotel, it was full sun, ...
... so we headed to our room to fresh up ...
... then went back outside to enjoy the afternoon.
We spent some time in the sun on a bench right on the edge of the river.
Next, we walked along the riverfront, directly under this bridge. You can see a car passing over in this shot.
Flags of other countries line the riverwalk. But why?
They represent the host cities of the IAAF World Indoor Championships to celebrate Portland being the host city in 2016. Here's Barcelona, ...
... and here's Doha, Qatar.
Tom and I had dinner at House of Ramen a few blocks away from the hotel, ...
... then I was officially the first person to enter the 4D Welcome Reception which kicked off the 4D Summit.
The Orchard Software crew consisted of Travis, Spencer, Ryan, William, and Phil this year.
Cheers!
The bumper stickers on the tables were immediately put to good use by Lo and Wayne.
Here are Tom D. and Chuck, ...
... us, ...
... and Brian, Damon, Wayne, and Lo.
Brian and I decided that it wasn't too early to pose for our annual squished-face portrait. This tradition dates back to 2004 and has happened at every 4D Summit since then.
We're not sure what happened here. Weird.
Tom got a photo of me, Brian, and Tom D. ...
... and the exact moment that I took a photo of the same three people.
After the reception, we rode the elevator with Phil K. up to Randy and Sara's room ...
... where they were hosting a wine-tasting party.
We stayed for a short while and had a nice talk with Randy but were long gone when the party was shut down for being too loud.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016: The river was beautiful before dawn the next morning.
As it got brighter out, the silhouette of Mt. Hood was visible in the distance.
Tom stayed in our hotel room and worked for the next couple of days while I attended the Summit. Yes, that is Orchard Software's logo on the Welcome slide because Orchard was a sponsor of the Summit.
The keynote started out with a promotional video that 4D is using for marketing.
In lieu of a 2015 Summit, the 4D World Tour happened last year. Going forward, the current plan is to alternate Summits and World Tours.
Here's a photo of the 4D Paris staff in their new office space.
Among the topics covered were scalability, a huge issue for us at Orchard, ...
... and multi-threading, something we've been patiently waiting for.
It's always great to hear JPR's sessions.
After the day's sessions, Mt. Hood was looking fantastic from our hotel window.
Let's take a closer look.
For dinner, we headed out with the Orchard guys. It was a short walk to the nearest tram station.
Once there, seven software engineers attempted to decipher the tram map.
On the tram, our attempts to buy enough tickets for all of us were unsuccessful when the ticket machine malfunctioned. We tried, Portland. We really did.
The tram passed Powell's Books, a bookstore that covers an entire city block.
The tram dropped us off a block away from our destination, ...
... Deschutes Brewery.
At a place like this, your only real option is to go for the beer sampler.
All seven of us did, of course. It's important to soak up the local culture.
After dinner, we chose to walk back to the hotel.
Cute sculpture.
Our route wasn't quite as direct as it could be, because we had to stop at Voodoo Doughnut on the way back.
We waited in the inevitable line and had a good time with our line buddies in front of us.
The theater nearby was a source of amusement while we waited.
The brick wall was glittery. For real.
Getting closer now.
Here's a sign for Kelly's Jelly, a doughnut that is only available on Thursdays. Sadly, it was currently Tuesday and it probably wasn't named after my adorable granddaughter.
The stained glass over the door immortalized the Portland Cream, the Voodoo Doll, and the Maple Bacon Bar.
OK, so now we're actually inside the building.
Now that's a doughnut!
So ... many ... doughnuts.
There's one of the adorable Voodoo Doll doughnuts. Aside from being cute, you just can't go wrong with a yeast doughnut with chocolate icing and raspberry filling.
Doughnut artwork. Odd.
We made it to the menu and had to make some tough decisions.
Tom and I purchased Captain My Captain, Memphis Mafia, and of course, the Voodoo Doll.
We ate our doughnuts at pink picnic tables outside, right next to this adult establishment that accepts Bitcoin as payment.
We continued our trek, first toward the river, ...
... then through the business district back to the hotel.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016: We awoke to yet another perfect sunny day in the Pacific Northwest.
Behold beautiful Mt. Hood!
I spent the day at the 4D Summit once again, along with my excellent Orchard colleagues, all shown here.
Brent R. talked to the audience about 4DMethod, the online 4D user group that many Orchard developers watch after the fact when time permits.
Thomas and Caroline are always great to hear.
Here's Thomas.
This arrangement of tiles was at the back of the stage in the main conference room. Once you see the glaring problem, you can't unsee it.
Of course, I had to go to at least one of Miyako's sessions.
It doesn't matter what the topic is, you're sure to learn something interesting.
The new cache manager must be good with a slide like this!
Laurent never seems to age. How is that possible?
While I was eating great hotel conference food (seriously, it was very good, especially the full breakfasts!), Tom grabbed lunch from one of the food trucks nearby.
In the afternoon, Tom D. took a well-timed and well-aimed selfie to capture a tense conversation between former colleagues.
Justin's sessions are always interesting, ...
... and Bob's session on upgrading to newer versions of 4D was so good ...
... that I had to get a picture of this slide in particular.
4D Jump Start was new this year.
There were a whole lot of 4D celebrities on stage during the Q&A session.
Back in our hotel room after the day's sessions, it was getting later in the day but still ridiculously sunny.
Dragon boats plied the water as Mt. Hood looked radiant, as usual.
The most anticipated event of the 4D Summit is the Evening with 4D. This year it was held onboard the Portland Spirit. We walked a couple of blocks up the river to get onboard.
Wayne and Lahav were there to welcome us.
Brian's wife Ann arrived in Portland just in time for the party, which made the evening even more fun.
Tim from 4D was photographer for the evening, so he graciously posed for a photo for me.
The Orchard guys were there, ...
... including Spencer.
Once everyone was onboard, the Portland Spirit would be heading south along the Willamette River.
The first bridge we passed under was the Hawthorne Bridge. It has a vertical lift that had to be raised while we passed underneath.
Here are Chuck and me, ...
... and here's a photo of our hotel.
After we passed under, we went back to sipping our cocktails on the top deck of the boat.
We got to see a couple of colorful dragon boats up close.
Here we are just about to pass under Marquam Bridge.
On the east side of the river was Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), with the USS Blueback submarine docked right out front.
We got an Orchard group photo with the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge in the background.
We passed a line of houseboats just south of Hardtack Island.
Here's my ideal triple date: us with our wonderful friends Leah & Mike and Ann & Brian. This was the first Summit where all three of the 4D spouses attended.
We passed under the Sellwood Bridge (old version on the left and brand new version on the right) as we ate dinner.
We were still inside as we passed the Waverly Country Club on the east bank.
We went back up on deck for more sightseeing. At a bend in the river, we passed the town of Milwaukie. As a native-born Cheesehead, it pains me to spell it this way.
Our route took us just past Lake Oswego Railroad Bridge before we turned around and headed back up north.
The weather was perfect so it was a great night to be out on deck. My Tom valiantly lent his jacket to Leah when it got a little chilly.
Heeeeeere's Wayne!
We passed the expensive homes of Dunthorpe and Riverdale. These homes along Riverside Drive have railroad tracks going right through their back yards and the river as their front yard. Ann and I picked the homes we'd like to own or co-own.
We passed under the Sellwood Bridge again and this time, we got a better look at it. This is the new bridge with the old bridge right behind it.
Lee was a special guest once again, and it was great to see him.
Here are Randy and Kirk, who were also catching up with Lee.
The DJ's sound system on the enclosed deck was so loud that no one wanted to be there for long, but Balinder was busting a move anyway.
Back up top, we were back in Portland proper once again.
They raised the bridge for us again, inconveniencing drivers for our boat cruising pleasure.
Tom D. regaled the Orchard group with stories of programming 4D back in a decade called the 80s.
We all tried to capture the ultimate photo of the ultimate Portland image.
Soon enough, it was time to park the boat and head back to the hotel.
Our first order of business was getting beer.
We were not alone in our quest for beverages. This blurry shot from the hotel bar features Balinder, Tom D., Christian, Ann, Brian, Lahav, and some heads I can't identify.
This slightly less blurry shot features Travis, Phil, Mike, Leah, me, Tom D. (he's everywhere!), William, Spencer, and Ryan.
Here's one of many photos of Mike and me taken all over the world (well, mostly the US but that visit in Austria counts!).
Thursday, April 7, 2016: The sun was rising on yet another perfect day in Portland. It's not possible to get tired of seeing Mt. Hood every day.
The Orchard team and I attended the 4D OEM meeting in the morning until we all had to cut out to head to the airport or beyond. Then Tom and I got a rental car and worked our way to Reno via Crater Lake and Tahoe over the next couple of days.
Just before leaving the Summit, Ann and Brian gave me two adorable PetData squeaky dog toys. They accompanied us on our travels in the car, then we brought them home to Claire, who immediately fell in love with them.

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