In keeping with my general philosophy of trying to learn new stuff that I wouldn't really have an excuse to get to know about otherwise (i.e. pretty much avoiding anything that I'm likely to encounter in work) I saw some really great people enthusing about some really cool things.
My personal highlights included:
- Barry Dorrans being very excited about MsBuild.
- Liam Westley being very quick and cool about SubVersion (Despite the organisers' best efforts to kleep him off the agenda ;-))
- Ben Lamb bubbling over with the funky new stuff headed up for C# 3.0
Those are just the ones that leap readiliy to mind. I also saw some cool stuff around the CLR in SQL Server 2005, new stuff in the System.XML namespace and many many more.
It was also just really cool to see so many people there, all of whom sort of share a bit of an interest. I've discovered through my travels in the world of the fledgling developer that it's something of a solitary path to tread. Thanls to all the organisers and attendees who made it such a fun day out. No doubt I'll be at the next one.
And then, to cap it all, got home from Reading only to find that Mrs Mawoo had organised a surprise birthday party for me, so there was much beer, merriment and general fun afterwards as well (although I'm ashamed to say I was the first to leave the party. Sat down for 5 minutes, and all of a sudden all of my friends had gone and Mrs Mawoo was waking me up to put my PJ's on. That's what you get for going out all day then trying to party after!)
And last but not least, a big thanks to John who let me scrounge a ride from my house to Reading. And back. Eventually!
That's it for now. No doubt there'll be more coming. I've got a bunch of tech stuff in my head just dying to come out, but so little time to actually write it! Damned commute! Gah!
Just wanted to share.