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Colorado Software Summit 2008 Wrapup

Snowman in Keystone Last week, I attended the Colorado Software Summit in Keystone and had a great time. Not only was the weather beautiful and the food delicious, the sessions I attended were awesome. If you ever get a chance to go to this conference, I highly recommend it. It's like being on vacation and learning with a bunch of old friends.

Yan Pujante also attended this conference and documents his experience, photography and presentations in Colorado Software Summit 2008.

Below is a list of my entries for all the sessions I attended.

For next year, I think the conference should shorten its sessions (from 90 to 60 minutes), invite more speakers and cut the price in half (to $999 per person). How do you think the Software Summit could be improved?

Posted in Java at Oct 28 2008, 11:03:23 PM MDT 2 Comments
Comments:

I've attended 2 CSS. One was heavily loaded towards SOA (2006) and thus there was quite a bit of overlap. It seems like the governing body of CSS needs to be replaced. How can a conference promote FOSS and yet add topics on the iPhone (before the NDA was removed). That kind of contradiction definitely implies a bias towards the iPhone and a lack of commitment to the CSS.

Secondly, I agree on having more speakers. Right now, there seems to be a commitment towards the speakers and not necessarily the content. While CSS has some great speakers, and their knowledge is tremendous, by having the commitment to them as opposed to content, you have similar topics being given each year. For example:

Bruce Snyder: 3 years talking about ServiceMix

Denise Hatzidakis, Rajith Attapattu, Noel Bergman: All have given talks about REST.

With all the SOA talks, you would have thought there would be presentations on Governance and BPM (only 1 this year on BPM and that was a late entry).

No Grails/Seam this year. These are 2 of the latest entries into the Java/J2EE area.

Due to these short comings of CSS, I'm going to the NFJS in Denver 11/14-16. It's my first time going, so I can't really compare the 2 just yet.

Posted by abe on November 05, 2008 at 08:58 AM MST #

Why are you suggesting changes to CSS ? I've never been to the CSS (can't convince my company to pay for it) but it looks like a great conference. Reducing the price would definitely help me personally in attending. To pay the $2K plus airfare, hotel, gas adds up.

Posted by Jim on November 11, 2008 at 08:11 AM MST #

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