devLink2011::Chatt Town Edition

Success in a BottleI made it back to DevLink this year, my last visit was in 2009 while it was being hosted at Lipscomb in Nashville, this year it was hosted by Chattanooga.  And just like Coca-Cola bottled their first Cokes a long time ago, the devLink organizers have found a way to bottle a successful event, again.

Imagine Tech-Ed and your favorite code camp had a baby, that’s DevLink.  The track offerings were just about anything you could imagine with all of the current tech splashing around in an ocean of technology.

The event kicked off with a Keynote from Ayende Rahien – “NoSQL – A change of perspective for the developer of today”.  Everyone walked about with the benefits and drawback of relational and NoSQL approaches.  This was a great way to kick off the conference, just an awesome talk.

The breadth of track and topic offerings were great to say the least.  There were sessions that discussed technologies we were already doing or using, but someone this time was doing it differently – we learn from things like this.  When their peanut butter and your chocolate collide – BAM; you walk out with a Reese’s cup.

The mixers they offered for attendees were great as well.  There were only three of us from FL that I know and we all made a lot of new connections.  The coders, hosts, and volunteers from the heartland are pretty welcoming and helpful.

The event sponsors really stepped us well.  The Chattanooga Convention Center was the venue for this event and its a really nice venue, with really poor wi-fi unfortunately.  I can only imagine there were was a vast shortage of twitter activity b/c of it, but I don’t think it stopped the momentum of the event in the least.  No event can be perfect, but the I would say this one gets in the high 90% range of perfect.

Ah, then there was the baseball game, this pretty much put the event over the top for me.  The game that night was awesome, don’t take my word for it, here’s the full article: http://bit.ly/oCOIoB, and here’s a few snapshots from around the stadium…

A view from the back of the ball park

I’ll definitely go back to DevLink next year if at all possible, and I drive through Chattanooga a couple of times a year so I’ll definitely make a stop here, I wasn’t able to make it to the Aquarium or the IMAX, and the local chatter I heard riding the (free electric) shuttle to and from the event they’re pretty cool to see.

Great city, great event, great venue, and a really great developer community! Congratulations devLink on another *really* successful conference!  See y’all next year!

/ofc

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains

I think I have a few good mountain stories to show and tell here.  Hopefully, not enough to bore you.

Chimney Rock, NC

This is how you get to the top if you don’t use the elevator which we didn’t, but it’s nice there is one and has been since the family that created this attraction built it back in the 40’s.

Stairs to the top of Chimney Rock

First Floor

Still on the First Floor

Still on the First Floor

Now onto the Second Floor 

A view of the first floor from the second floor.

 

Top Floor

A view from the top floor.  The one thing we noticed from the folks coming down the stairs is that none of them were dry.  This climb is/was very demanding.  Even the fit folks were soaked, but it was a lot of fun.  And I had the idea to take extra water to the top just in case – this turned out to be an awesome idea!

Top Floor

Top Floor

What you are when you reach the top of Chimney Mountain…

Now onto Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain - Elevation 5282

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain

 

Barcamp Sarasota 2011

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My daughter and I went to Sarasota for Barcamp Sarasota this weekend.  The weather was awesome and the event was great.  This part of the community seems to be erupting in a good way, we are definitely going to be keeping our ears and eyes on this community.

My talk was called “Learn Your Customers’ Language”.  If you attended my Barcamp talk, here are the slides.  I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any questions, please shoot an email to me: onefloridacoder@live.com

** Update **

Put up two github gists from the code samples I didn’t get to during my talk
at #bcsrq on Saturday.  One for SpecFlow and one for StoryQ.