4 Reasons I Recommend the DevIntersection Conference

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The big Dev Intersection conference is a few weeks away. If you’re not familiar, it’s a development conference sponsored by several large software companies. They bring industry experts together to conduct a 3-day learning session about mostly everything relevant in the development world today. The tracks range from Visual Studio, SQL, SharePoint, Azure, Office 365, etc. If you are considering the conference, I would like to share four things that I experienced when I attended.

1) The Keynotes

The 2016 Spring Conference keynotes were Scott Guthrie (Exec VP of Microsoft), Scott Hanselman (Microsoft Principal Architect), Douglas Crockford (Helped develop JavaScript), and Dan Holme (CEO of IT Utility). And this lineup was truly awesome. Each speaker was prepared and had something relevant to say. Almost everyone had a demo that was designed to inspire and excite. For example, Scott Hanselman installed the new Visual Studio on the computer of an attendee. It only took 60 seconds, and the entire room started cheering (If you’re not familiar with Visual Studio, it usually installs for hours). Each speaker brought something unique to the conference and truly represented as experts in their field.

2) The Dozens of Speakers

The conference is mostly breakout sessions, so aside from the Keynotes, there are a lot of speakers to talk about a wide variety of topics. I went to 10 different sessions and saw 7 speakers total. And I though each speaker was well prepared with great content. Each session was designed for the time slot, and all speakers left time for thorough QA. I was able to get contact information from each as they all welcomed follow-up questions. I felt the conference picked qualified professionals that were passionate about their topics.


3) The Workshops

Workshops are an extra expense to the conference, but if you can do these, I would recommend them. They are all day sessions where you get to dig deeply into a development practice. The teachers bring great examples as well as “code along with me” exercises for those who brought their development machines (which was everyone at the conference). I was able to attend two sessions, The Zen of Architecture by Juval Lowy and Making the Jump to Typescript by John Papa and Dan Wahlin. They were great, but they had more than a dozen to choose from. Some of my biggest takeaways came from these two workshops, so if you have the funds to go, I recommend spending the money. You won’t regret it.


4) The Sessions

I have spent a lot of time talking about the speakers and their ability to create good content, but I should mention that there are nearly 100 different sessions. The topics span from SQL development to new Angular 2 interfaces. In back to back sessions, I went from a Project Management topic to a UX session that not only talked about how to identify good UX, but how to convince your company to let you invest in it. It would be very surprising if you were unable to find something of interest at this conference.

Wrap Up

As I stated in the title, I completely recommend this conference. When you plan your yearly training, it’s easy to get seduced by the Microsoft Ignite or Build conferences, but Dev Intersection deserves consideration. Don’t get me wrong, Ignite and Build are great too, but there are differences in these conferences. One difference is that even though it isn’t a Microsoft event, it’s mainly geared towards developing on or within Microsoft tools. But I would say the biggest difference between Dev and Ignite/Build, is that everything Dev talked about can be done today. Where Ignite is more about the future, when you are learn something at Dev, you can go to your hotel and start programming that night.

I hope you enjoyed the review. Please feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

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