Dallas TechFest 2011 Recap…

Another year, another great Dallas TechFest event…

There were some great new speakers, Ken Sipe was my favorite with his Gradle talks.  The story on Gradle is one worth listening to, regardless, of how ingrained Ant or Maven are at your organization.  The best place to go if you’re new to Gradle is their website. The Gradle documentation is great.  Java “developer-types” can start with this Gradle tutorial geared to building Java projects.

There were also some great returning speakers, I especially liked Arun Gupta, with his Java EE Workshop.  A few years ago, I wouldn’t consider starting a new enterprise Java application without the Spring stack.  To be honest, in my mind, Spring == Enterprise Java.  However, after seeing Arun’s talks the last two years, Oracle and the Java EE 6 stack have rapidly closed the gap on SpringSource, and now just might have a story to tell in the enterprise development space.  I highly recommend you follow Arun on Twitter, or subscribe to his blog.  The content is outstanding and the current Java EE story is really impressive.

This was my first year as a presenter at TechFest, after having been involved as an organizer the past 4 years.  I gave a double session on The Grails Framework.  The attendees were great.  Lots of great participation and an all-around good time was had by all. Don’t forget to tell Tim that you want him to use the website we built next year.  😉

Grails Workshop - Dallas TechFest 2011
Lastly, I need to add there was numerous great speakers / sessions I didn’t get to see.  Craig Walls, author of Spring in Action (required reading for all Spring developers) and lead on Spring Socialgave two talks in the same slot I was speaking in so I unfortunately missed his talks.  Next year I need to make sure I’m not speaking when Craig is.I guess it’s now time to start getting ready for Dallas TechFest 2012…

Dallas TechFest 2009 Recap…

After close to 6 months of planning, Dallas TechFest 2009 is… “in the books.”  Planning and running an all-day tech conference with 40 presentations, 400+ (ok 401) attendees, X great sponsors, and Java and .NET developers is totally exhausting.  I took Saturday off to relax and now I’m back on my laptop writing this review.

First, let me say, that it wasn’t just Java and .NET.  That was just a joke because it’s always those two languages pitted against each other.  Dallas TechFest was 8 technology tracks: Java, .NET, Flex, ColdFustion, Ruby, and Silverlight, and in those tracks other technologies were mixed in.  Our great speakers present at user groups and conferences all over the country, they’ve also authored a number of books.

Anyhow, thanks to everyone that helped out.  Tim Rayburn did an awesome job heading things up, and Chris Koenig was the guy that kept things moving when we were being lazy and blowing off responsibilities, and Omar Villarreal did great with sponsors.  I was especially happy to see the returning sponsors.  And lastly, I gotta thank Jonathan Campos for all his work, that was a great after party.  I look forward to helping out again next year, given the chance.

Here are some relevant links covering the event: