First of all, I'd like to give a huge thanks to ComponentOne for sponsoring my trip to DevLink this year.
I've been to a lot of DevLink's, and it seems like each year gets better and better. This was the first time we stayed at the Chattanooga Marriott at the Convention Center, which was a huge change from Chattanooga Choo Choo from the previous year. I'd say the worst part about the room was that the showers sucked! First day, there was no hot water. Second, third, and fourth day, there was no constant hot water. It would fade in and out every few seconds. Hopefully next year, they get that sorted out.
I spent a lot of the time in the hallways of the conference chatting with attendees and hanging around Open Spaces. There is a certain recipe for having a successful open spaces, and DevLink didn't have it this year. I ran two Open Spaces: "Building Startups" and "Getting Started with Technical Speaking". Both were lightly attended, and I believe the most successful spaces hosted this week.
I presented two talks, both on the last day, and right at the end of the day (John Keller, whatever I did to you, I apologize.)
The first talk, "From Idea to Implementation: How We Built Winsitter" was a talk about startups and how to do it without quitting your day job. It was a fantastic discussion about what's going through the minds of folks who want to do something bigger, but don't know the approach to take. We discussed time, money, legal, and other topics that come to mind when considering building a company.
Next was my "Getting Started with SignalR" talk. I love this talk for so many reasons. The demos are insanely easy to follow, but the concepts they display really light up ideas in people's heads. With an ever growing base of web developers, being able to create real time experiences is key.
I'm looking very forward to DevLink again next year, and I really hope that everyone can make it! See you there!