On Saturday 29th June 2013 I was at DDDEA in Cambridge to deliver a session on Pragmatic Dependency Injection. It was also a great opportunity to catch up with people that I hadn’t seen in a while and to attend some sessions to hopefully learn new and exciting stuff!
The Hauser Forum was an excellent venue for the size of the conference (130 attendees and 3 tracks/rooms). There was plenty of breakout space and lots of tea, coffee and water available throughout the day. The lunch was a typical conference bag of sandwiches, fizzy drink, crisps, chocolate and a piece of fruit. The only negative that I have is that the rooms were hotter than the hothouse at Kew Gardens for the early sessions until doors and windows were opened. The rooms were very flexible in layout to easily support three rooms or one large one for the grok talks at lunchtime and the presentations.
I cannot give high enough praise for the organisers. Phil, Ian, Adrian, Simon and Alistair can be extremely proud of the way they handled events as they unfolded; there were almost as many punctures involving speakers as there were at the British Grand Prix today! The greatest praise that I can give them is to say that it was as well organised as any of the DDD events that I have been to over the years.
Very relaxed schedule with five slots over three tracks. There was plenty of time between sessions to have a chat, get a drink or take a comfort break.
Session 1 - My Session:
It seemed to go well! The feedback I received from attendees directly and via Twitter has been positive. It will be interesting to see what the session feedback forms say!!
Code and slides available at https://github.com/ijrussell/DDDEastAnglia
I was intending to go to one of the next sessions but I was drained from the heat and from coming down from the adreneline rush of speaking. Sat in the speaker’s room chatting with some of the other speakers and organisers.
Session 3 - Outside in testing of MVC (Rob Ashton)
I like going to Rob’s sessions because, whilst I may not agree with everything that he says, he makes me think in different ways about how I write software. Yes he is opinionated and his presentation style can be abrasive but if you cut through the theatrics and the bluster, his message is well worth listening to! [Yes you can quote me on that!] I’m definitely going to look at WebDriver and coypu over the next few weeks.
I missed the grok talks as I took Mark Rendle to a tyre centre in Cambridge to get his blowout (at 70ish mph in the outside lane of the M11) replaced.
Session 4 - Building Startups and MVPs (Ben Hall)
Very interesting session from someone who has been there and done it. He was very honest about past failures and how he has learnt valuble lessons from them. It was fascinating to hear how his new startup go about their business particularly how they get Minimum Viable Products out in front of customers as soon as possible often using throwaway/cut & paste code.
I spent this session jibber jabbering with a few of the other speakers and Rachel Hawley who had brought in some Lincolnshire cheese and pork pies for the attendees!
Conference close and prize draw
Started a bit slowly with the early prizes but speeded up after the first few. Missed out on getting a prize and wasn’t at all jealous of Dave Gouge who won a remote controlled helicopter!!
Great conference with a really interesting mix of sessions. I can’t wait for DDDEA 2014!