April 22, 2014

Highlights from LambdaConf 2014

I just returned from LambdaConf in lovely Boulder, Colorado and my mind is full of interesting things I need to write down somewhere. So here goes.

Note to readers:


It was awesome. Be sure to go next year.

Still here?

Ok. So, congratulations are in order for John DeGoes (@jdegoes) and his many helpers for putting on such a well-organized conference, especially in its inaugural year. The venues were the right size and easy to walk to from downtown, everything ran more or less on time, food was good, plenty of coffee, etc. There was ample time for socializing, which I normally hate but at this kind of thing I feel that I am among my people and the aggregate introversion cancels out somehow.

Also, Boulder is almost overwhelmingly pleasant, if that makes any sense at all. Highly recommended.

Highlights: Friday Night Lightning Talks

There were a few lightning talks on Friday night (hopefully there will be many more next year) and among them were a couple gems:

I gave a kind of meh talk about hiding dangerous APIs in monads (slides will be up at some point; I need to integrate my notes) and somehow I ended up winning a Sphero. It is creepy and the cat is never going to come out from under the couch.

Do not taunt happy fun ball.

Highlights: Saturday Sessions

There were three tracks for the morning and two in the afternoon so I can only report on the sessions I attended:

Missed Opportunities

Sadly I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do: