Iowa Code Camp 2

This weekend Iowa Code Camp 2 was going on in West Des Moines. I gave my exceptions talk and I had about 20-25 folks in the room. There wasn't a lot of discussion but I think the talk went well and I had some interesting questions afterwards. Of course, what really matters is what the audience thought so I'm looking forward to seeing the reviews.

Unlike other code camps I've been to, I actually sat in on a number of talks this time around. With Twin Cities Code Camp I really don't get a chance to hear the great talks from other folks, but this time I had a chance to see three sessions. The first one was from Joe Hummel who talked about high-performance computing. Overall, his talk was pretty good, but his demos starting getting some gremlins so he couldn't show everything he wanted. Plus, the MPI stuff at the end was rushed as he was running out of time. But I felt like I learned a fair amount about distributed computing - at least now I know the difference between a grid and a cluster. The second was a TDD talk from Tim Barcz. Well, it wasn't so much as a talk as a workshop as Tim tried to get people from the audience to give TDD a whirl. I think the session went well, but when I talked to Tim later he was hoping for more interaction. Someone had the idea of having 2 people code for a while and then switch to 2 new folks after 5-10 minutes, and that seemed to be a better approach. Finally, I sat in on Brain Sampica's WPF talk, but frankly most of the stuff flew right over my head. That's not Brian's fault - Brian is a good speaker and he knows his material, but I needed a "here's a intro to WPF idiots" talk.

Finally, they gave a ton of prizes away, and I got a WPF book and a Ruby book along with a shirt that will be used for workouts :). There was a party afterwards that was a lot of fun, and after it ended I sat in my hotel room and just relaxed. Overall I enjoyed the event and I hope to attend their 3rd go-around in Iowa City in May 2009.

* Posted at 11.09.2008 09:34:46 PM CST | Link *

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