Codemash Review

Rick HerrmannI was unable to attend Codemash and so was very much looking forward to attending version this year. Due to heavy snow and extreme cold (it was a challenge just getting to the Kalahari), it took much longer to get there, but the conference was well worth the extended drive.

Including the pre-compiler sessions, I spent roughly half my time in sessions based on front-end development. This included some that were specifically about javascript, and others that were about the tooling that is growing up for front-end developers to work with. In particular I liked the session by Jay Harris about modern web development in the .NET space, which looked at the tools available for front-end development outside of Visual Studio.

My list of things to learn more about this year includes:

  1. Tooling for javascript build and package management
    1. Grunt
    2. Lineman
    3. Bower
  2. Node.js
  3. Require.js
  4. Angular and Ember

The best non-technical session I attended was “Becoming an Outlier: Career Reboot for the Developer Mind” by Corey House. This also happened to be the last session on Friday so it was a great way to end the conference.

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