Last week I attended GOTO Copenhagen. Everybody should know the GOTO conferences by now. This was a new conference in Denmark. I had a good time, attended very good keynotes and a number of very nice presentations. I have also given a talk myself called: Visualising real time traffic data using elasticsearch and c3js. In this blogpost I am giving a summary of some of the talks I attended.
People who have worked with me know I'm a bit of a technical conservative. I'm very wary of quickly adopting the latest fads and trends because I've seen the collective hype and the following disillusionment too many times, including software being built with the then-latest-hype framework or platform and a year later being stuck with now-obsolete technology that only the original developers and a handful of other people still have any real experience with.
For the same reason I've avoided software tech conferences in the past years. A few visits to conferences several years ago on each occasion left me with feeling that I'd heard a lot about a lot, but that it wasn't really going to improve my daily software development work.
Luckily, Goto Amsterdam 2014 was different.
Many, if not all, of the talks were relevant to my actual, day to day, software development job. I learned about looking at Agile in a different way. I heard people speak on real life problems being solved with actual, current, widely adopted technology. I even listened to talks that weren't really that much about software development at all.
So let me walk you through my Goto Friday.
Two weeks ago was the GOTO conference in Amsterdam. With a lot of pleasure I was happy to attend one of the best developer conference in the world. There were a massive amount of talks divided into 5 rooms. After a hard time choosing which talk I wanted to attend I ended up attending the following talks:
- 3 SHORT TALKS: There's an App for that! by 3 different speakers
- Anti-Usability & UX in Games by Simon Bostock
- Spring 4 on Java 8 by Juergen Hoeller
- Software Architecture vs. Code by Simon Brown
- Designing & Evolving a User-oriented API in Elasticsearch by Shay Banon
- REST: I don't Think it Means What You Think it Does by Stefan Tilkov
- Economic Darwinism, the Next Generation IT & Everything by Uwe Friedrichsen
- Functional Principles for Object-Oriented Developers by Jessica Kerr
I am about to relate three talks I listened to in more details and explain why I found them interesting.
Last week was the week of the Berlin Buzzwords conference. For those of you that do not know it, Buzzwords is one of the best conferences about search, scale and store (read: big data). Next to having good speakers and nice content there is also a very important social aspect during the conference. There is a good reason the first session starts at 10 o'clock.
Last Friday I was with Elissa, Boaz and Shay from Elasticsearch and with Henk and Thomas from Trifork at the Open Source conference where Trifork had a joint stand together with Elasticsearch. The Open Source conference is an annual event in the Benelux gathering industry leaders and speakers on the topics big data, cloud, mobile and social strategies. This year the event took place at Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam.