DevWeek is the UK’s largest developer focussed conference with some of the most respected speakers in the world in attendance. Running from the 14th-18 of March the conference combines pre-conference and post-conference workshops with days of sessions in between. This year’s sessions covered topics like: MVC, Azure, C# deep dives and Sharepoint. I’m sure you’ll agree there was enough there for every technical taste.
Of course Developer Express was there in full force. We were exhibiting at the conference, which enabled me to meet a large number of DevExpress customers as well as those of you who are thinking about becoming customers. I had some great conversations at the booth on a number of great topics, including the future of WPF and Silverlight, so nothing too controversial then . I also demonstrated a lot of great DevExpress technology to attendees, including some of our new Silverlight stuff as well as my own first love, XAF.
Not only were we exhibiting but I was lucky enough to be asked to present a session on NoSQL this year. The session was standing room only as I covered the different types of NoSQL databases, before covering a range of scenarios and recommending a particular type of NoSQL database for each. I finished up with an deep dive into a use case showing how a company pulled themselves out of a situation, which could have easily cost the them their existence, with the use of a NoSQL database. The session itself was standing room only and those in attendance asked some really thought provoking questions and sparked some great conversations, some of which were carried on back at the booth, when some of the attendees sought me out for a follow up chat.
Making the most of our time in London, we finished up with a great mixer event. I had a lot of fun and met a lot of interesting people and had some great conversations. Rachel has more details of this event on her blog, so pop across there and check out what a great time everyone had.
All and all I think DevWeek is one of the best conferences in the UK and I look forward to returning next year with the DevExpress team.