Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of returning back to Batmania (Melbourne) for MelbJS and Web Directions Code 2013. Both events were fantastic and I had a wonderful time connecting with attendees, chatting with them about Kendo UI.
tl/dr: Two awesome events where we (Cameron Marsland and I) were able to connect with the web developer community. Lots of interest around Kendo UI. Great times all around
The evening's event featured a number of talks by speakers at Web Directions Code. With 100+ attendees, it was a huge turnout for MelbJS and it was great to see!
While at MelbJS, I got a chance to speak to a number of developers about Kendo UI. There were a lot of questions to answer. In particular, I fielded a lot of questions about Kendo UI DataViz, our visualization library for SVG-based charts and graphs.
All in all, I had a great time. I (heart) MelbJS.
Web Directions Code 2013
As the conference states, Web Directions Code is "for web professionals like you who care about code two days of intense learning, connecting and geeking out". In short, a web developer love-fest.
For this year's event, 300 web developers were in attendance from across Australia; 20% higher attendance than Web Directions Code 2012. (Well done, Web Directions organisers!)
Web Directions Code 2013 featured many prominent speakers from Australia and overseas as evidenced by the conference schedule. If you were unable to attend, you can check out the presentations:
- Julio Cesar Ody - What's ECMASCript 6 Good For?
- Silvia Pfeiffer - HTML5 Multi-party Video Conferencing
- Cameron McCormack - An Introduction to the File API
- Garann Means - HTML, CSS and the Client-side App
- Michael Mahemoff - What Everyone Should Know About REST
- Mark Nottingham - HTTP/2.0 - WTF?
- Troy Hunt - Essential Security Practices
- Aaron Powell - IndexedDB - A Database in Your Browser
- Marc Fasel - Put On Your Asynchronous Hat and Node
- Andrew Fisher - The Wonderful-Amazing-Orientation-Motion-Sensormatic Machine
- Steven Wittens - Making Things With Maths
The presentation that stole the show was Steven Wittens' talk entitled, "Making Things With Maths". So impressed I was with his delivery and timing, I tweeted the following:
You can check out Steven's slides (linked above) but to appreciate the epicness of his presentation, you should check out a recording of his talk from Full Frontal 2012:
It was good to be back in Melbourne, my former hometown from 1999-2002. The sights, the smells, the colours. All of it combines into this magical city. Of course, some sights are more interesting than others:
Being in Melbourne with my colleague (Cameron Marsland) did give me the opportunity to show him around. One of my favourite spots for a bite to eat is Supper Inn in Chinatown:
Which, in turn, led to this at Berlin Bar:
Good times all around.
To the next adventure!