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Poll: Do you attend development conferences?

Some developers skip tech conferences because of the admission fees, the work they'll miss, or the travel expenses. Take the poll to let us know if you make a point to attend development conferences.
I will be giving two presentations (Rapid application development with the OutSystems Agile Platform and Consulting/Freelancing Lessons Learned) at the Carolina Code Camp in Charlotte, NC on May 14, 2011. This will be my third year attending the conference, and each time it is pretty full.

I can see why people skip a tech event that they need to take time off to get to and that costs money, but it is hard to argue (in my mind) with attending a free, local event on a weekend. I get to at least one Code Camp and two or three other free events in my area every year. What about you?

J.Ja

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

9 comments
niwhsa
niwhsa like.author.displayName 1 Like

It's a lot of fun, but why would anyone pay that much just to mess around for a few days? Anything technical you see (at a conference) is generally just scratching the surface. If you find something you are interested in, you still have to devote time to setup, study, and implement. Tools and/or methodologies worth anything are already packaged and showcased as a white paper, web demo or video, or a download.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Absolute nothing to do with getting the boss to give us a jolly... :D It's one of those non salary benefits as well. As long as you choose sensibly, it's break even proposition overall. learning, netwiorking, watercooer reward and even a bit of socialising. On a more serious note , when you add it all up

Justin James
Justin James

Stuff like the Code Camps I go to are 100% useful. You may meet people and chit chat, but you are there to learn. Other stuff seems like a drinking party occasionally interrupted by opportunities to get free t-shirts from women in bikinis. J.Ja

jck
jck

You have just talked me into attending code camps with you, with your talk of bikini clad womens. :D I went to a conference once, but it was for a public safety software. And, the closest thing to a bikini was when someone threw the company vice president in the pool and her slacks stuck to her...well, you understand. ;) And yes, she was gorgeous. Darn that ring on her left hand! lol

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Not fair. I got very little tech wise vs money out of Teched but it was in Barcelona.MS are a partner though so they te odd tech prentation for us, got a fair bit out of some of them. No pictures of me with scantly clad womens though. :( :(

adimauro
adimauro like.author.displayName 1 Like

The big conferences are priced for companies, not individuals. There is no way for an individual developer to afford to go, without a company to pay for it. And, since my company doesn't pay for it, that limits me to just Code Camps, User Groups, and other local free/almost free events. I would love it if this practice would change, giving more people a chance to go to one of the big conferences, but I know that it will never change. I'll have to get a new job if I ever want to have that experience.

adunstan
adunstan

I've been to one (SD East, in 2006) and would like to go to more but haven't convinced my company it's worth the expense.

rwidegren
rwidegren

My company sends me to one major conference a year. The last few years I've gone to either SQL Summit in Seattle or DevConnections in Vegas. I'm a developer who has become an "accidental DBA" with my current company so I feel like I need to focus mostly on SQL Server but I also like the chance to attend a few sessions on application development. Does anyone know of any other conferences that might be worth looking in to?

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

... on how much I think I might get out of it, how much I have on my plate and in my wallet, and whether someone is paying me to attend.

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