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StrangeLoop conference 2012

September 26th, 2012

This week was the strangeloop conference and I thought I would share some things I have learned from the conference.

I attended this conference last year and it was quite interesting, so I decided to attend again this year and I was not disappointed.  If you are a software developer and you love to learn new bleeding-edge tools in the open source world, mixed with computer science theory, this is the conference for you.  I will highlight some of the more interesting points that I took away from the conference.

Google has a TON of irons in the fire at the moment, they have become my company to follow.  You may be familar with the V8 engine they are working on, which is basically their way of speeding up the javascript engine, you can learn more about it here: http://code.google.com/p/v8/.  Its all open source so if you are feeling froggy, you can contribute to the project.  Lars Bak, one of the senior engineers with google announced their work on Dart, which is basically a replacement for the javascript engine, which is gaining lots of traction in the software world since it too is an open source project, you can find out more about that here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dart_(programming_language).

Google also had a talk about their new Go programming language, which was a very interesting language indeed.  It spawned from the need within google to have a single language for all the engineers to use and that was very flexible and extensible for their internal needs, you can find out more about that here: http://golang.org/.

Google also spoke a lot about how they are trying to make the web faster with their ‘Lets Make the Web Faster’ movement.  There was a lot of talk about the SPDY protocol, which you can learn more about here: http://dev.chromium.org/spdy/spdy-whitepaper.

Those are the big highlights I saw from Google, I will be posting in the weeks to come about some other things I think are cool in the new Chromium, or the Canary version of Chrome as I have it now and I am playing with it on my machine.

Thats all I feel like writing at the moment, I will update my blog in the days and weeks to come with more cool information.

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April 17th, 2012

Are you tired of all these tech conferences where the focus is on the sponsors instead of the content?  I was so I started looking around to see what other conferences were available that focused on the content first and I came across the StrangeLoop conference in St. Louis.  You can visit this conference over at their website at http://www.thestrangeloop.com.  It’s usually in the fall and starts on a Sunday, at least the workshops start on a Sunday if I remember correctly.  I didn’t get to attend the workshops last year cause they sell out so fast, so you had better reserve your spot soon, as the conference sells out rather quickly, even with around 1000 attendees!!  The focus of the conference is web development but there is a rather large functional programming group there.  Coming from a .net background, I had a lot to learn, but I am learning more and more about the web dev world and how things work over in that space.  I highly recommend this conference if you are looking for something very different from the normal conferences.