First day of SWDC 2010
I have this nice habit now to write down bits and pieces from the conferences I attend. It is a good way to remember what actually happened. This time I am at Scandinavian Web Developer Conference in Stockholm. About a hundred web hackers (as Mark Wubben called us) assembled at the old almost ancient movie theatre Skandia at the most popular shopping street in Stockholm. Quite a sight actually. Despite one late cancellation the schedule was absolutely packed. The conference is one track only so you don't get anxiety over choosing but on the other hand might get stuck with something boring. That was not a problem the first day. An uninteresting talk was also welcomed due to the need for some relaxation in between the very interesting stuff.
More interesting was Alexander Langs talk on document databases. The examples he used were a bit naive perhaps but still made the point clearly. There are many use cases where document databases is preferrable. This subject is kind of a neighbor to node.js. Malte Ubl held a great introduction that yet again made me want to try it out for real. I may even have to reorganize my list of new technologies for spare time exploring. The huge selling point for node.js is its performance characteristics. It is such a simple and beuatiful idea - to get away from processes and threads waiting for stuff to complete and instead have a truly asynchronous solution.
Patrick Chanezon of Google walked us through Googles cloud offering and showed how to create a web site using GWT and app engine. It felt strange to see someone actually compiling something not to mention running eclipse. It was a strange sensation in this context. Another Googleoriented talk was Mark Wubbens brilliant introduction to building Chrome extensions. With a couple of really nice and thoughtful examples he guided us through the important features of Chrome extensions. It is actually similar to Greasemonkey scripts for Firefox and it is apparently the same guy now working for google.
All in all - the first day was great. Thanks a lot to Peter Svensson and his crew! Looking forward to tomorrow.