Day 1 of the YOW! 2011 Brisbane Conference was full of fantastic talks, book recommendations and great giveaways as usual. As well as the YOW! 2011 Conference t-shirt I picked up an Atlassian t-shirt and enjoyed some micro dots for afternoon tea thanks to ThoughtWorks.
I had been really looking forward to the DevOps stream in the morning featuring Jez Humble of Continuous Delivery fame and ‘The Build Doctor’ himself Julian Simpson and had an enjoyable morning session. After lunch things begun to hit another level with two presentations by Joshua Kerievsky author of Refactoring To Patterns on Lean Startup and The Limited Red Society. I also enjoyed learning about QuickCheck testing capabilities from John Hughes, and Haskell from one of its founding fathers Simon Peyton-Jones. The JVM keynote from Oracle Vice President of Development Camron Purdy, which opened the conference, was interesting but not really worthy of its keynote status. I also failed to heed the lessons of conference pasts and went to another labourious IBM SOA presentation this time provide by Rachel Reinitz.
In this blog entry I will provide a brief synopsis of each of the sessions I attended. Comprehensive notes and details of the presentations I attended will hopefully follow over the coming weeks.