I tried to place a higher priority on listening to the presentations this year and not be so concerned about documenting my experience. But I do regret not getting as much footage as I normally would. Will likely get more tomorrow, though. I’ll start off with my takeaways from the most memorable sessions – sans notes to see what I retained.
WordPress & The Ten year Itch
Siobhan McKeown gave a great presentation on the history of WordPress – illustrated with Legos. That’s a good way to keep a morning crowd engaged. I recently learned a little bit about Mike Little, but got more insight into B2’s founder, Michel Valdrighi, who is apparently alive and well these days.
Buzzphrase: Find others and scratch that (developer) itch!
Confident Commits, Delightful Deploys
I knew that Mark Jaquith’s presentation was probably going to be a bit more than I could chew, but I needed to be in there to be challenged. There were things that I didn’t understand at some of last year’s presentations that made sense later on down the road when I came across those issues and recalled the essence or some terminology that had been mentioned. In this case, I was surprised to realize that I was at least familiar with a good 60-70 percent of what he talked about. As with most of the speakers, one of the treasures of these sessions comes in learning about some of the tools they use in their workflow.
Buzzphrase: Need to use version control!
Writing Code As User Experience Design
Nikolay Bachiyski was entertaining and informative to listen to last year. Those expectations were met again this year as he laid out a case on the need for user testing – for developers. This is regarding those instances where the code being written will ultimately be used by other developers. The demo he played at the end of his presentation captured the filmed responses of someone going through a test – ending with the need for a drink. That was definitely a crowd-pleaser. Hopefully, Nikolay won’t lose his heavy Bulgarian accent which I think adds much to his talks.
Buzzphrase: Are the instructions clear?
Themes. Love, and Understanding
Ian Stewart’s presentation was great. Let me just start by saying that. The only bummer for me was that I had recently watched it – on WordPress.tv – an almost identical presentation he gave this year at the WordCamp in Canada. So I pretty much knew what was coming around the corner the whole time. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. And yet, I still enjoyed the presentation.
(Update: I never did write any more WCSF 2013 blog entries. This was it.)