Confession: I’m a bit of a conference and meetup junkie.
I love attending events like WDCNZ in Wellington yesterday. They provide you with a great chance to talk to the speakers and to chat with other people who work in your field – to share your thoughts and techniques.
If I’ve learnt something or come away with a different perspective then it’s time well spent.
CSS: transitions and animations
If you’ve dabbled in any CSS3 you’ve probably used some simple transitions, but Lea did an amazing job of building from simple transitions and animations to show how you can use these techniques in ways I hadn’t considered. I learnt a lot.
Something for everyone
Something else that really stood out for me was the diversity of topics covered by speakers. A few years ago would you have expected a presentation on something like Cassandra at a conference for web developers? Deploying software over the web and using the browser as a deployment platform creates opportunities and problems that didn’t exist before. Roles in Dev Ops and Front End Engineering used to only exist in companies like Google and Yahoo!, now their importance is being recognized by more and more companies as they scale up. WDCNZ had presentations that included standardization, tools, frameworks, programming style, data storage & clustering and emerging web technologies. In 2012 those are all things that are part of the web developer’s world.
For Xero, sponsoring events like WDCNZ helps us to help the local developer community. Having international and local speakers present highlights that developers in New Zealand can develop world class software for a global audience. At the after party there was lots of enthusiastic sharing of ideas and stories: “did you know about this?”, “do you use this?”, “what did you think about that?”, “how’s your thing going?”. And after the after party hopefully folks wake up refreshed and inspired to try new things:
Only around 350 more sleeps till WDCNZ 2013!