On Saturday 12th October 2013 I was at DDDNorth in Sunderland to deliver a session on F#.
The event was held at the University of Sunderland as it was two years ago but this time with more attendees and bigger rooms. There was free parking at the venue and there were plenty of drinks available throughout the day.
Andy Westgarth and his team organised a superb conference. There was something about the atmosphere during the day that was different from lots of previous DDDs that I’ve attended. I have a feeling that having 40% of attendees who had never been to a DDD event before may well have had a significant effect as did the wide variety of technologies being presented during the day.
Very relaxed schedule with five slots over five tracks. There was plenty of time between sessions to have a chat, get a drink or take a comfort break.
Session 1 - F# Eye for the C# Guy (Phil Trelford)
Session 2 - Scaling Systems Architectures That Grow (Kendall Miller)
Session 3 - Functional Programming and Why You Should Care (Grant Crofton)
I won’t do breakdowns of each session as others will do that but surfice to say that I enjoyed them all.
As seems to be traditional for me, I missed the grok talks at lunchtime! I will try to do better at the next event that I attend.
Sat this one out in the Speaker’s Room going through some last minute checks that my code still worked and had a great chat with Alistair Smith who was presenting a session at the same time that I was.
Session 5 - You’ve learnt the basics of F#: What’s next? (Me)
I was more than a little worried about this session as it was in the last slot, I was doing a session on stuff that really needs some F# experience to fully grasp, I’d not delivered this session before and I’m not the funniest of presenters. However, it seemed to go well and the feedback backs this up!
Conference close and prize draw
Held in a large lecture theatre that was packed to the rafters with geeks seeking swag. Massive thanks to Andy and his team of organisers, Sunderland University for hosting the event, the sponsors and all of the speakers and attendees for making it such a great day.
The key highlights for me were the interest in F# shown by the number of attendees at the F# sessions and, trying not to sound like a complete fanboi, meeting Phil Trelford. He is a genuinely nice guy and it was great to have a chat with someone with his level of practical F# experience.
Great conference with an extremely wide range of technologies being presented on. If this is the future of DDD events, I for one will be very happy!!