Saturday May 26 saw nearly 300 developers from around the UK converge upon The University of West England, Bristol for DDD Southwest v4. As with all DDD events, the schedule had previously been voted for by those attending and those wishing to attend, and, of course, by speakers looking for that nice new black polo shirt emblazoned with DDDSW's three cow logo.
Blessed with a fantastic sunny day, a cooling breeze, awesome food (pasties and cream teas at a dev event? Rock on!) and five sessions of techy goodness, it was a great event for learning, networking, catching up, winning swag, hunting for plug sockets under tables and getting burnt by the sun. I think we all slightly wished the sessions could have been moved outside - the air conditioning was a little lacking in some rooms - but with UWE's free wifi a doddle to set up and some truly entertaining speakers, we barely noticed the time before it was all over for another year.
I attended and took notes on four introductory sessions which I've written up and annotated for all to read.
- Marc Gravell - Performance and Scalability, The StackOverflow way
- Chris Alcock - Web Sockets and SignalR : Building the Real-time web
- Niall Merrigan - Defensive Programming 101
- Chris Hay - Redis: The New Black
Up next on September 1 is DDD10 at Reading. The Call for Speakers has already gone out so if you fancy running a session, propose your talk right now.