- Bruce Eckle - Listen to him speak if you get the chance. Abstract but a good message: we must experiment to learn; your assumptions are probably wrong; designing up front will likely miss the mark
- Ted Neward - I love it when people break through the religion and the BS to tell it like it is. Ted discussed embracing both Java and .Net to create the best solution to a business problem.
- Pillar programming problem contest - I spent about an hour trying to figure this one out on a spreadsheet and failed miserably. ;-) (I think I'm missing some constraints...) Regardless, it was a fun exercise and likely, a great way to attract solid developer candidates.
- Video games - I've never been a gamer but I find the innovation intriguing. The Wii over at Quick Solutions seems to be the biggest draw. XBox 360 at Microsoft was a close 2nd.
- Booth babes at Compuware - Enough said. (Note to Compuware: guys, this just won't yield candidates...we're not that shallow)
- Free pop - I don't drink pop but a lot of developers do. Props to Pillar for dropping $1000 on pop Thursday
- Open Spaces - A concept from Bruce Eckle and Martin Fowler for informal, engaging gatherings to experience ____ (fill in the blank). A neat idea.
- Wireless access (free!)
Friday, January 19, 2007
I'm so impressed with the organizers of this conference. In some ways, the "grass roots" effort exceeded the effectiveness of "professionally" organized conferences. Some of the highlights: