DevLink 2007 - Wow!

Monday, October 15, 2007 9:00 AM by Michael Paladino

I just got back from DevLink in Nashville and the first thing that comes to mind is "Wow!". The quality of speakers, the facilities at Lipscomb University, and the organization of the event were amazing. And to think, it only cost $50 to attend. Kudos to the organizers.

There were tracks on general .NET, ASP.NET, databases, project management, and architecture. At each time slot, there were multiple talks that I would have liked to attend. After arriving at the conference and looking over the agenda, I decided that many of the database sessions looked interesting as I do a lot of database work and have never had much training in that area.

Highlights for me included a talk by Paul Nielsen on smart database design and the keynote by Ron Jacobs on test driven development and the model-view-presenter (MVP) design pattern. I still need to look a bit more at Ron's example, but I sure feel a lot more comfortable with MVP after his talk.

The best part about the conference was the friendliness of everyone I came across. The organizers (who were easily identifiable by the very cool DevLink jerseys) were always friendly and willing to answer questions and the speakers that I had a chance to talk to personally were all easily approachable. And there's nothing like being surrounded by a couple hundred programmers to make for a fun weekend.

Great conference, and I'll do my best to attend next year.

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