Friday, May 18, 2007

DevTeach Summary

Thanks to Jean-René Roy for putting on another great conference. I really liked the fact that he added an IT track and an Agile track. The speaker list was amazing as always. The first day, Jean-René announced that there will now be a conference every 6 months, and it will move around. The next DevTeach is in November in Vancouver. He said that a significant majority of the attendees come from Montreal, so moving the conference means reaching many more people.

This is great news even for those of us who still have to travel. There's no way I'll be able to attend twice a year, but if you can't make it for whatever reason, it's nice to know you don't have to wait another full year!

Here's my wish list for the next conference.

1) Something on SQL Server Analysis Services. Microsoft is doing big things in BI and SSAS is the foundation for a lot of that stuff.

2) Database refactoring. Mentioned this to Scott Bellware (leading the Agile track) yesterday and his first reaction was "Scott Ambler". Ambler would be a great addition to the list.

3) More IT stuff. Hey, there could easily be a whole conference on IT stuff, but there isn't one in Canada as far as I know. But for the small-shop guys like me, it's great to have it all in one conference.

It's hard to imagine adding to such a packed agenda, but with a conference every 6 months, more ground can be covered.

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