Dallas TechFest 2008
The first Dallas TechFest was this weekend. There were sessions on .NET, Ruby, REST, Groovy, Flex, AIR, and many other languages, tools, and platforms. It was a chance for members of different communities to get together and cross-train each other. I made a point of stepping outside my comfort zone, rather than sticking with the .NET track.
But the two sessions that I attended within the .NET track were hosted by Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell of .NET Rocks. I couldn't miss the chance to see them. The first was a recording of a .NET Rocks episode on community. The second was Richard on web application performance and scalability. If you ever get a chance to hear Richard speak, you must go.
After his talk, I asked Richard to take a look at Update Controls. He was very gracious and gave me at least a half an hour of his time over lunch to show him the demo. He understood the benefits of the library immediately, and gave me some pointers for getting the idea across more effectively. Finally, he told me that I need to complete the database story, which, as it happens, is in the works.
It was a thrill to finally meet Carl and Richard, the guys who inspired me to launch this site. And it was enlightening to see what's been going on in other parts of the industry. Who knows. Maybe I'll get a chance to present next year.