Thu, 31 May 2012 03:32:09 GMT
Three airports and three hotels in a week, and I don't know whether I'm coming or going. Add to that a mere four hours sleep last night, and this might resemble the ramblings of a mad woman (more than usual that is).
|Great communal area for meeting people, in a unique venue|
Amsterdam was smaller and shorter, and therefore felt even more intimate than Copenhagen, which didn't exactly feel massive either. The venue was beautiful and imposing (and not at all air conditioned!), which I think also contributed to its unique feeling; the timetable felt less intense (although both conferences had a reminder that the next session was going to start, great for moving people at the right times); there was a different mix of attendees and speakers (fewer Danes and more Dutch for a start); and the coffee was marginally better in Amsterdam.
|Anton Keks demonstrating simplicity in Java|
I was very pleased to see Anton Keks kick off the Java track with a talk to pull us developers back to reality. Instead of running off to find a shiny new language to fix our problems, we can toss away overblown frameworks and enterprise architecture and write nice, simple Java. We can even go against basic conventions to make our code more terse and readable. While I'm not sold on all suggestions (e.g. not using curly braces for single-line if statements) I'm totally behind the theory, and it led nicely into my Disruptor presentation.
I missed all of the Agile stuff at Copenhagen, so I tried to make up for it in Amsterdam. Interestingly I felt like I saw things from two different types of practitioners.