OK, I guess I should start off by saying that most of the speakers have been great speakers, who are well versed in the materials they are presenting. My selection of sessions (being as I've never attended one of these affairs) has just been off the mark. I've taken several 'advanced' sessions that really weren't as advanced as I expected. I've heard about many great sessions here, such as the sessions from John Paul Ashenfelter on Agile development. But, I missed these by attending some sessions on Web Services and Object Persistence that I actually didn't really need to go to. Not to say I haven't learned anything, because I have, but not as much as I intended to.
I also sat down for about an hour with Tim Buntel. For those who don't yet know, Adobe has lured Tim back to the fold as the Sr Marketing Manager for CF. This is huge for CF development, and he will be working hard to put out the word on the extreme value to CF as a platform. Adobe is putting some serious power behind our environment of choice, and Tim is just the right guy to give us the push at the enterprise level.
On another note, BlueDragon just finished their keynote, mapping out the last five years with BD, and showing off some of the new features of BD 7 (soon to be in beta). A huge thing for advanced developers will be the inclusion of the CFTHREAD/CFJOIN tags, which give us the ability to create simultaneously processing threads and act upon data that might be returned. I sat down for awhile with Vince afterwards to tell him that a lot of developers came out of the preso going 'we might need to give BD a closer look.' He also hinted at what may come with another BD release in 2007, and on how NewAtlanta is listening very carefully to the needs of CF developers. Definitely worth watching.
BTW, Mark Drew is the bomb! Not only is he a riot, but he's a great guy to just bounce things off of. He attended the Ducktyping session that Sean Corfield took over for Hal Helms. Before walking in he was trying to get his head even wrapped around the concept. Being from a Java dev background, which is strictly typed, the idea of not typing anything seemed not only odd but totally wrong. After the session he seemed a lot more open to the concept. Not really a good practice for a newbie, but definitely something to be considered from an advanced development standpoint. Something that came up in Charlie Arehart's Web Services Tips and Tricks session was 'Is there a way to introspect Web Services from within CFEclipse?' I asked Mark on the next break and the answer is 'yes'. Look for me to blog on this more in depth in the future.
Yesterday Emmet McGovern, Aaron West and I sat down with Ray Camden for lunch. A great guy, who's very laid back and easy to talk to, he is also very open to suggestions on the apps he's put out. He and Emmet got to know each other well about a year back when Emmet had a rather large Soundings implementation that was having issues. A company was running a 73 question survey that had 500,000 entries in four days. They went to run the Excel reports and Ray had to come in and save the day (you may remember the week or so of Soundings updates back then...) Great guy, easy to talk to, and immensely helpful to our community as a whole.
Anyway, there will be lots more to come as I begin to break down everything I've taken in over the last few days, but for now I'll sign off and try to pay attention to this CFAJAX session.