Conference in Las Vegas
Last November, Brandon Kilby and I attended the Microsoft-sponsored DevConnections conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. As Web developers at Franciscan Media, we were extremely excited to be among the thousands who attended from all over the world. Some of the most well-known people in Web development were there to catechize new and emerging technologies. Needless to say it was well worth our time and filled with new ideas and adventure.
Sessions to Remember
The conference was broken out by individual sessions, detailing different topics over four days. During those days we must have attended more than 20 sessions. Scott Hanselman, a principal program manager at Microsoft, and Christian Wenz, the owner of Arrabiata Solutions, hosted two of my favorite sessions.
Scott Hanselman spoke about NuGet, a tool which helps developers download packages for development software called Visual Studio. His presentation covered his top 20 favorite NuGet packages in 50 minutes. I don?t know any presenter that could pull this off ? absolutely brilliant. I highly recommend visiting Scott?s blog if you are interested in Web development.
Christian Wenz was new to me. He hosted several sessions on topics that I am interested in such as jQuery for ASP.NET Developers and Web Development Security. Christian was an excellent speaker and focused on important topics that Web developers need to study and know. He also managed to teach a lot in a short amount of time. Christian taught things that I immediately implemented when I returned to Franciscan Media.
All of the presentations I attended were valuable, but Scott Hanselman and Christian Wenz presented sessions to remember.
New Web Experience
If I were to tell you what to look out for on the Web ? now that I attended the DevConnections conference ? it would be HTML5 and CSS3. They will change the way the Web looks and behaves.
Here are a few ways in which these technologies will noticeably change your Web experience:
- Websites will store larger amounts of data onto your computer. This will allow you to use Web applications without being connected to the Internet.
- Websites will not be as restricted in font styles as they have been in the past.
- Videos and audio players will be embedded without plug-ins or external players.
- Designers will have the ability to create 3-D effects.
- Games will be created by using only the browser ? no plug-ins.
- Web applications will become more fluid and give you experiences you have had while using your Mac or Windows operating system (e.g. dragging and dropping files).
- Shadow boxes, rounded corners and animation will be seen in more Web design.
Outside of all the hustling from one session to another, I was able to get to know my co-worker a little better during this trip. I think getting to know Brandon was as valuable, or more valuable, as learning from the more than 20 sessions. Thanks, Brandon, for the added bonus!
About the Author
Jim Hunt is the Internet Department Manager at Franciscan Media. He also has a role in the Web development of AmericanCatholic.org, Catalog.AmericanCatholic.org, and CatholicGreetings.org. He is married and has a three year old daughter and baby boy.