Codemash 2.0.1.4. Review

Rick HerrmannI was unable to attend Codemash 2.0.1.3. and so was very much looking forward to attending version 2.0.1.4. 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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