Sunday, June 1, 2008

Desert Code Camp 2008

This is the second year that I've been to Desert Code Camp. Lorin Thwaits is the camp director and always does an excellent job of organizing it. Last year there was a lack of food but that was rectified this year and there was good grub on hand.

The day is divided into eight 1-hour time slots with a ten minute break between each session starting at 9am. There were up to 7 talks being given in each of the time slots. I managed to make 6 of them and missed the last 2 for the day. Last year I made a ton of notes and I have not looked back on them for the last year and probably won't. To try and make my notes more useful to myself (and perhaps others) I'm going to put them here so that I can easily find them again. I only made notes about the stuff that I learned and even though some of the speakers may have said something important that one would normally note if I already knew it and am unlikely to forget it then I probably didn't not it down.

ASP.NET AJAX Internals
Silverlight Zero to Hero
Test Driven Development
What's different about Ruby?
Search Engine Optimization
Intro to Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control

A couple of speakers used the word grok to which I've heard recently at other meetings. This word I have no double will become more and more popular in use. Wikipedia defines it as: Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed. First coined in Robert A. Heinlein's 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land.

No comments:

Post a Comment