At QCon London I got large doses of all of the above, thanks to Rich Hickey, Dan North (DWZ Trading), Colin Humpreys (Carrenza), Ade Oshineye (Google) and Patrick Debois (father of DevOps, working with Atlassian).As I didnt make the training days this year, I was sad to miss out on the tutorials by Simon Brown, Russ Miles and Rachel Davies which all looked great.
My favourite talk was definitely the “Cloud… so much more than a tool” by Patrick Debois. Not only was it an interesting experience report on the realities of using Cloudy technology to build a highly scalable video broadcasting service, it was also the best use of LolCats I have ever seen… ever…
Dan North was a cheeky a rascal as ever, actually making the audience think! At a conference! Oh, the humanity! Colin Humphrey from UK Atlassian partner Carrenza gave an overview of the fantastic build pipeline they create for their customers, along with insight into the business drivers of using such a build pipeline with respect to IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions.
I had the pleasure of listening to Ade Oshineye sharing his experiences when developing Google Buzz & Google plus and how understanding how someone is going to use your code is very important when developing a public API, you cant just expect them to know everything you know. Atlassian also realised the importance of the developer experience as it helps engage with the wider community of developers as well as our own teams, enabling them to start developing amazing plug-ins quickly. The last year has seen some real usability improvements to the Atlassian SDK and our Atlassian Developers website and with JIRA 5.0 we have a stable API that is guaranteed future proof for all future 5.x versions.
There was a great spread of food, although we did tease people a little by it coming out in stages! There was also a great selection of beers, not just bottled larger. There was everything from Newcastle Brown, John Smiths, Spitfire, a nice range of largers and even some wine at the request of Trisha Gee.
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