I’m a few days behind, but I thought I’d just share how darn impressed I was with this year’s cfObjective. I was honored to be a speaker (in a session, in the keynote, and in a very frightening lightning talk) but even more happy that I got to attend so many great sessions.
The facility and food were great. The absolute worst complaint I heard over the conference was that breakfast on the second day was a big letdown. I agree. And yes - that’s the worst thing I can say about cfObjective. In fact, I believe that’s the only negative I heard the entire conference which just goes to show how well things went. I’ve said this before but I much prefer conferences where you can stay in the hotel. I’ll take slightly more expensive, or slightly less fancy facilities, if I can get the convenience of being able to get to the sessions from my hotel room in a few minutes.
Content wise here’s what I especially enjoyed:
- Scott Stroz and Jeff Coughlin both did good sessions on Solr, with Scott's being an intro and Jeff's being a more advanced talk.
- Marc Esher did a great session entitled "ORM Zen" - basically covering relationships in ORM and other issues that are - as we say - non-trivial. Anyone who has gone beyond "Hello World" in ORM knows that care is required when working with related entities.
- Jeff Gladnick did a great session on OAUTH. It's a topic that always seemed a bit weird to me but Jeff did a great job of explaining it. He focused on Facebook and Twitter and showed some great live examples.
- Dave Ferguson gave a great talk intrusion issues. Ie, not how to stop hacking, but how to detect when it has already happened. This isn't a topic I've seen covered before and I thought it was very interesting.