Tuesday, 8 May 2012

ACCU Conference 2012

This year’s ACCU Conference, in Oxford as usual, was superb. I enjoyed it immensely and I was only there for two sessions, one of which was my own! There was a huge amount of twitter activity which actually made all the sessions very interesting even though I wasn’t there. My wife enjoyed it too, I had huge difficulty getting her out of the bar! I learnt that I featured in Allan Kelly’s presentation minutes after my picture flashed up on one of his slides. Next year the children will be older and I should be able to go to the entire event.  

The Congruent Programmer
Phil Nash

 Phil Nash is simply Phil Nash. I’d be lying if the fact that he was giving the ACCU member keynote didn’t fill (no pun intended) me with envy. Phil was suffering from throat problems, but he’s so softly spoken anyway that you I didn’t really notice. I could hear everything he was saying at every point. In usual Phil Nash style his Mac toys were also giving him trouble. It appeared he was using his iPhone to move his presentation between slides and it was being more than a little temperamental. The keynote was highly amusing, as usual with lots of subtle references. Hopefully this is the first of many keynotes for Phil.  

Walking Skeleton
Paul Grenyer

I hate putting presentations together and I hate practicing them. However when I get to the conference I really enjoy giving them and this one was no different to the last time (over two years ago). I had a great audience which nearly filled the room. The problem with ACCU audiences is that they’re pretty clued up already and I was acutely aware of this all the way through and felt I was only really filling in the gaps. And of course at the end they found all the holes that other audiences had failed to find! Roll on next year.

My Audience

1 comment:

  1. Hehe, thanks for the write-up Paul.
    In my defence the wi-fi connection between iPhone and Mac held up pretty well considering the room was packed with developers! ;-)

    I really enjoyed your talk, btw. Even though I'm familiar with the material on the walking skeleton from the GOOS coverage, it was really useful to see it built up from scratch in just over an hour instead of the weeks that it usually takes in practice! Gives you a different perspective.
    So don't let the "preaching to the converted" feeling get in the way of knowing you did a good job on a worthy topic,