I just got back from a trip to QCon San Francisco 2009. A few guys at work had been to previous QCons and the con came with a pretty good recommendation. A total of six people from my company went, and two of them I didn’t expect to find there but was instead pleasantly surprised to meet up.
The official tagline for QCOn is well-explained on the infoq web page, so go there and read it. I divided the post into three parts because one long post would keep me up all night. This way, I can spit this out and finish it tomorrow.
I0f you were wondering why I would write about my trip in such detail, well, these posts are going to serve as notes for myself so I’m just being selfish.
While @ #qcon, I attended three grueling days of sessions. I say grueling because I hit all three days and attended all time slots save one on Friday when I took a short trip to get some Dim Sum (playing hookie ROCKS). There were some AMAZING sessions and some FANTASTICALLY DULL sessions. All in all, I would highly recommend the con to anyone looking for a good place to hear about the latest developments in our field.
I was a tweet-monster on this trip. I mean srsly, a monster. In fact, I knew I was going to tweet a lot so I created a new id, nickcoding. Not to be confused with my other twitter id, NickCody. I try to be serious and clever with nickcoding whereas NickCody is stupid and immature without trying. By doing this, I seem to have inspired one of my pals to create a new id as well. In contrast to my creating a smarter account, he created a stupider one.
Here is a list of the sessions I attended. After this boring list, I’ll point out some of the highlights from my trip.
- Keynote: Techie VC’s Talk about Trends & Opportunities by Salil Deshpande and Kevin Efrusy
- Patterns in Architecture by Joseph Yoder
- Lessons Learned from Architectural Reviews by Rebecca Wirfs-Brock
- Adventures of an Agile Architect by Dan North
- Roadmap to Continuous Deployment by Nathan Dye
- Strategic Design: Avoiding Responsibility Traps by Eric Evans
- Keynote: Data and Programs: Rethinking the Fundamentals by Don Box
- Better Architecture Management Made Easy by Alex Zitzewitz
- Programming on the Right Side of the Brain by Michael Feathers
- Software Architecture for Cloud Computing by Michael T. Nygard
- Architecting for the Cloud by Adam Wiggins
- Pragmatic F# in Action by Josh Graham and Amanda Laucher
- Keynote: Next Generation Service Orientation: The Grid, the Cloud, and the Bus by David Chappel
- Sustainable Design for Agile Teams by Eric Evans
- M – Dynamic Language Grammar by Amanda Laucher and Don Box
- Skeptical View of Language Workbenches by Glenn Vanderburg
- Amazon S3: Architecting for Resiliency in the Face of Failures by Jason McHugh
In my next post, I’ll talk about my experience in these sessions. It will really be fun, I promise!