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Poll Result: Developers Appreciate Availability of Technology Conference Sessions Online

Posted by editor on January 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM PST

In a poll that straddled the end of 2013 and the start of 2014, developers indicated that they consider it a good thing that many technology conference sessions are eventually made available online today. Since it was holiday season for most nations, the vote total was fairly small: just 66 votes were cast. Still, it's clear from the results that developers appreciate what's happened in recent years.

The exact question and results were:

Does the eventual availability of technical conference materials online affect the value of attending the conferences in person?

  • 29% (19 votes) - Yes, because an entire development team can in effect "attend" for free via the online presentations
  • 26% (17 votes) - It makes attending the conferences in person more valuable, since you can later review the sessions you attended
  • 9% (6 votes) - It doesn't change much, since networking with other developers is the primary benefit of attending conferences
  • 30% (20 votes) - I don't know, but making the materials available online is a very good thing
  • 6% (4 votes) - Other

So, the poll was asking if the subsequent availability of conference sessions online affects the value of attending technology conferences in person. The actual answer to this question, according to the poll results, is unclear. No option received as many as a third of the votes.

Most developers rarely attend conferences. The reason in most cases is quite simple: conference entry fees are pretty high and, combined with travel and hotel expenses, sending an employee to a conference constitutes a major investment for a company. For this reason, the availability of sessions online would seem to be a tremendous benefit for companies that utilize the technologies around which the conferences are centered.

Yet, it's also true that companies aren't generally caught up with the very latest versions of the programming languages they utilize; and, for this reason, the content at technology conferences that are focused on the latest developments within a particular programming language ecosystem may not be immediately relevant for a company.

The main conclusion this poll points to is that, whether they attend conferences or not, a huge majority (at least 85%) of the voters consider the post-conference availability of sessions online to be a positive for developers.

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