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5th GATE Training Course - June 2012 Participants' Wiki

This is an archive page - the wiki for the current course is here

Here you will find detailed current information about the training course, and a place to post comments etc. This will be updated regularly.

Course materials and supporting information for the talks

Presentations and related materials will be posted here when available. Please download the relevant material for the modules you're taking, in advance of the session.

Certification Exam Materials

Venue: The course will take place in Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield. The venue is close to Sheffield Botanical Gardens and Broomhill and not far from Endcliffe Park and the shops and restaurants on Ecclesall Road.

General information about Sheffield, how to get to it by air and train, places to eat, where to visit, etc can be found in our Sheffield visitor's guide. Some more maps and travel advice is available here as well.

Getting there by car Arriving by car at Halifax Hall, take Red Lane (off Oakholme Road). An attendant will direct you to a parking space. Parking permits are available at the registration desk.

Public Transport: To walk to Halifax Hall from the city centre/station will take around 40 minutes. From the railway station, you have a choice of 2 buses - the 120 departs from just outside the bus station across the road but runs to Fulwood Road (7-10 minutes walk from Halifax), or the 123 departs from Commercial Street (7-10 minutes walk from the station) but runs to Endcliffe Vale Road (adjacent to Halifax). See this map for details.

Accommodation: You will have to book your own accommodation. For some information on different hotels in Sheffield see some hotels in Sheffield. The nearest hotel is the Rutland (details from the travel page), where early booking is strongly recommended. You will probably get the best hotel rates via sites like Expedia and Lastminute.com, but it is always worth trying the discount codes mentioned on the travel page (note, some rates may have increased this year).

What you need to bring: You will need to bring your own laptop with the latest GATE Developer version (7.0) and Java 6.0 installed. Track 2 participants will also need Apache Ant (1.8 or later), and a Java IDE such as Eclipse is strongly recommended (get the "IDE for Java Developers" option). If you are unable to bring your own laptop, please let us know as soon as possible, as we may be able to lend a limited number.

Social: There will be a social event (barbeque) on Tuesday evening, at no extra charge. More information nearer the time.