Conference

Kalamazoo X Sessions

The organizers of the Kalamazoo X Conference recently posted the session and speaker list.  All of the sessions sound interesting but the ones that have really grabbed my interest are:

I’ve previously attended two of Mike Wood’s presentations (one at Indy Code Camp and an nPlus1 event in Indianapolis) and really get a lot from them.  He has posted a series of articles about being a better developer that I admittedly haven’t read yet but will probably do so before April 10th.

I was also fortunate enough to hear Phil Japikse speak about Behavior Driven Development at the March IndyNDA meeting.  He shared tons of great information about methodologies and tools and I’m really looking forward to hearing more of his thoughts on testing.

I was really excited about this conference based on what I’d heard about last year’s event.  After seeing the session list I’m glad I registered.

IndyTechFest

Last year I made the mistake of missing IndyTechFest.  That’s not a mistake I care to repeat and one I certainly will not be making this year since my registration is already confirmed.

This year’s event includes forty sessions broken out into seven tracks.  The sessions are of interest to developers, architects, and DBAs and include topics such as Silverlight, WPF, Visual Studio, Windows and SQL Azure, Windows Phone 7 Series, Database Maintenance, SharePoint, Iron Ruby, and many, many more.  The list of speakers is equally impressive and is topped off with a keynote from Jesse Liberty, a Developer Community Program Manager for Silverlight.

Registration is limited to 500 attendees and with more than 400 spaces already spoken for time is running out!

I hope to see you there.

Kalamazoo X Conference

This past weekend I learned of the upcoming Kalamazoo X Conference, a one day conference in Kalamazoo, MI.  Instead of focusing on individual technologies or languages this conference places emphasis on “softer” skills such as communication, interface and graphic design, development processes, and architectural concerns.

According to the conference web site the conference will be held on April 10, 2010 but registration is not yet open and the venue hasn’t been announced.

I think it sounds like a great excuse to take Nadia up to visit her grandparents.  Anyone want to meet up?

More Information:

Conference Web Site: http://kalamazoox.org
Twitter: @kalamazoox