HotSos 2009 HighlightsPosted: March 17, 2009
HotSos was amazing. Here are some of the things I loved best about it:
- The people. Attendees and presenters a like. Everyone was smart, insightful and had a good story to share. People who met me there may have trouble believing that I’m normally very shy and quiet. But everyone was so nice and interesting that I found myself talking to many more people than I normally do. This was an incredible social event (yes, and I’m geeky enough to consider conferences as social events).
- Chris Date presentation was fascinating. I usually stay away from “useless theory”, but Chris Date gave a good show, and from now on I’ll always remember that “An Object is not a Relation!”.
- Karen Morton did magic tricks on her presentation! That was by far the coolest thing I’ve seen on any technical conference.
- Henry Poras was the best discovery of the symposium. Everyone says that Queue Theory is important, but only Henry can show you how to use it to identify bottlenecks.
- Toons Koppelaars had some very good insights about what went wrong with app development, and he created great graphics to explain them.
- Ah, my own presentation was… well, I’m not sure. I got mixed feedback. A lot of people showed up, I hope most of them enjoyed it, and I learned a lot on how to improve my presentation style.
BTW. I put up a presentation page, which contains my paper, slides, code etc.
- Seeing the HotSos staff dressed as pirates! It was a great party.
- Jonathan Lewis training day was great. I did not think I can stay fascinated for 8 hours.
- People came up to me and said “I like your blog”. You have no idea how happy this made me :)