I’m spending two days in Docklands attending the Future of Web Apps 2008. Here are my thoughts on the first day…
Ryan Carson – very good
Two Simon’s – pretty poor
The Future of News
Kevin Rose, Digg
Future of web apps
Edwin Aoki, AOL
Short but OK
Languages Don’t Scale
Blaine Cook & Joe Stump
Very good technical presentation. Scaling up and scaling out, the latter being the only effective way to scale. Thinking carefully about where the data & services are in relation to the client. memcached used heavily.
The future of web apps
Kevin Marks, Google
Stefan Fountain, Soocial
Very interesting presentation. Future is mobile, not necessarily “mobile phone”. Current web topics will go further and further down the stack until they become invisible, like electricity, TCP/IP, HTTP, the Internet and even services like Twitter.
Colliding Worlds, Jabber
Didn’t listen to a huge amount of this one, catching up on email.
How to take your community to the next level
Strange site idea, but some good ideas to build community on the net. Was half listening and half reading my new book The Productive Programmer from O’Reilly.
Final sessions – skipped these, cold kicking in and wanted a shower and some down-time before heading out for dinner
Conference is well run, lots of nice detail, forenames are the most prominent item on the badges, so easy to introduce. Lack of chairs/tables means you have to sit next to people you don’t know and get chatting (met two people over breakfast this morning).
You get 2 free coffees, 2 free meals and 2 free beers. They track this by punching holes in your badge.
Each badge has a barcode which stalls scan to track who visited them.
There’s free stuff if you’re cheeky and get in their early.
Twitter, almost every presentation referred to it, and everyone was using it on their laptops
Google Mail – again, visible on laptops
Anything made by Apple, particularly Macbooks and iPhones
Cloud computing, the buzz phrase, but I don’t think the industry can define it yet
Software as a service
The Microsoft Lounge is in one corner of the expo floor, and diagonally opposite it (the furthest away) is the Sun lounge.
Microsoft have brought Microsoft Surface. Incredibly cool, but I don’t see how it has a direct link to “The Future of Web Apps”. But it is cool.