2007 Rich Web Experience: Up Close and Personal
There were about 300 people in attendance at this conference. There were about 40 people presenting during this three day event. With the communal meals and an attendee/speaker ratio on the order of 8 to 1, there was ample opportunity for attendees to have in-depth conversations with the speakers that you don't normally see at most other conferences. Plus, these speakers are all top caliber folks in the web development field.
Personally, I was able to have an extended conversation with Keith Donald from Interface21 on Friday evening during a conference social hour. This will hopefully lead to a visit by Rod Johnson to one of our Silicon Valley JUG meetings in the coming months.
I would have *loved* to attend the entire conference. Unfortunately, my work commitments did not allow me to do so. Still, the sessions I attended on Saturday were all uniformly excellent. I definitely learned a few new things to add to my bag of tricks when it comes to writing and debugging AJAX code from Venkat Subramaniam on Saturday morning. Besides being an extremely entertaining presenter, Scott Davis gave us a really deep dive into GIS for Web Developers during a 3 hour workshop on Saturday afternoon too.
I had heard great things from others that had attended previous NoFluffJustStuff conferences. My personal experience on Saturday was consistent with those earlier rave reviews. I was glad to hear of their plans for another Rich Web Experience conference in the fall of 2008 here in Silicon Valley. If you missed this one though and want something sooner than that, there is the Bay Area Software Symposium being held in Sunnyvale next month on October 19-21.