Presentation on theme: "Allaire Developer Conference - October ‘99 Jeff Austin Westat, Inc. Matt Schuster Office of Thrift Supervision U.S. Dept. of the Treasury."— Presentation transcript:
Allaire Developer Conference - October ‘99 Jeff Austin Westat, Inc. Matt Schuster Office of Thrift Supervision U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
Allaire Developer Conference October 24th to October 26th in Boston MA 1200 people attended 50 Conference lectures and workshops
Pluses Great topics Good keynote by J.J. and Jeremy Allaire Good preview of CF Studio 4.5 Some excellent presenters Workshops had fast PCs with 17 inch monitors Good chance to meet other developers and vendors Virtual reality night at Jillians (like Dave and Busters) Great Irish pubs and beer Got to meet Ben Forta, Michael Dinowitz
Minuses Way too many people for that size conference and facility Workshops had 2 people per PC Workshops, lectures, and lunches were very crowded Workshops and lectures weren’t long enough. Only 1/2 to 3/4 of the material was covered at many sessions. Felt very rushed. Some topics such as Advanced Security and SQL optimization could/should have been half or full day sessions. Some presenters were unprepared or poor speakers.
Minuses (cont’d) Not enough days for the number of sessions, should have been a three day conference. Sessions and workshops weren’t repeated enough, hard to schedule. Hotel was not a smoke free environment. Smoking in common areas. (Double minus for this one). Food was so-so for lunches. Not enough time between presentations (5 minutes) Couldn’t check e-mail (maybe a plus, maybe a minus)
Jeff’s Rating of the Conference D for day 1 due to good/fair sessions in the morning and a horrible workshop and session in the afternoon A for day 2 due to excellent set of sessions C overall due to crowds and smoking
Matt’s Rating of the Conference C for Monday. Got bumped from a class I had preregistered for, but I got 4 T-shirts B for Tuesday. Met some of Team Allaire and got 3 more T-shirts C overall. Poor planning for Alliare/developer interaction, seemed clickish at times with Team Allaire getting special treatment (and not us)
Summary OK first conference Need to fix crowding, smoking, and time allocations at next year’s conference Better prepared instructors and better connectivity for users needed.