Back in December I attended great developer conference. I’ve been meaning to write something up about it and I’m finally getting the chance to do so. I spent December 10 – 12 at the first ever DevIntersection conference in Las Vegas. This was a great conference. The event had great speakers lined up so I knew it would be good. They were also giving attendees free Microsoft Surfaces, that was a great bonus. This event was well worth my time. FYI, they have scheduled the next DevIntersection for April 11 –13, 2013! If you get the chance, I highly recommend this event. Plus, if you register by the deadline, you can get a free Surface too!

This conference was certainly smaller than most conferences I attend. This was definitely not because of the content, which was great. And the conference was very well run. I guess it was just because it was a new conference so they didn’t have a lot of brand recognition. Actually, as an attendee, the smaller size was really nice. It was easy to network and very easy to connect with presenters after their sessions! And no crowds to deal with. Although I’m assuming as DevIntersection gains word of mouth it will get more and more crowded.

There was a variety of content presented although, as you can imagine, there were a few topics that were predominant throughout the conference. These topics included Windows Store App development, JavaScript, Web API, Azure, and more. Going into the conference, I was probably most excited about the JavaScript stuff since I am doing a lot of that right now and, I must admit, it is not my strong suit. And I’m glad to say that I came back from the conference armed with a few new tricks!

Highlights:

Of course, presentations by Scott Guthrie and Scott Hanselman are always great and are always highlights. While many of the presenters were great, I really enjoyed “5 Tips for better JavaScript” by Todd Anglin, “KnockoutJs” by John Papa, “Working with and Testing the Web API” by Miguel Castro, and “Ten Web Performance Tuning Tricks” by Richard Campbell. There are probably more great ones that I am forgetting. I’ve highlighted 4 sessions but I found that most of the sessions over the 3 days were very good. All in all, very high scores for content and presentation.

I also met a lot of great people and had a ton of fun. And I gained a few pounds too since there is a lot of great food in Las Vegas! It’s a shame that the flight from Philly to Vegas is so long because flights to LAS are frequent and the price isn’t too bad. Hotels in Vegas are also cheap. I stayed at the MGM Grand for around $80/night. But the food is expensive!

Big thanks to the great speakers and organizers of DevIntersection for a great learning experience and a fun time. I look forward to attending again soon. Thanks as well to my employer, of course, for making this event possible for me!

2 thoughts on “DevIntersection Wrap Up

  1. That’s all star lineup of speakers! I was all hyped to try it out and then realized it’s during spring break and family is coming to visit! Ack!

    I wonder how to break into that lineup to speak for future shows.

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